Clackamas River rafting trips are Portland's most accessible whitewater adventures. Our half and full day Clackamas tours (on the Three Lynx section of the upper river) are some of Oregon's best whitewater rafting trips, and are suitable for first-timers and experienced river runners alike.
Portland residents and visitors familiar with the placid lower Clackamas may be unaware that a short distance upstream await some of the region's best rapids. Powerhouse, The Narrows, Slingshot and Carter Bridge are just a few of the many lively rapids we encounter as we float for a scenic, forested river canyon.
Rapids are perhaps the primary attraction, but lush mountain scenery, solitude, and crystal clear water add to the trip's charm. Plus all of this is practically in Portland's back yard - roughly an hour from downtown, and about 30 minutes from the east side of town. This is one of our best and most accessible adventures.
Spring is the best time to join us if you are looking for maximum excitement. Early-season high-water rapids are powerful and promise a wet ride. With the arrival of summer the water level drops, and the trip's character changes. Summer's rapids are less intense, but offer a delightful combination of fun waves and rocky slalom-course drops. Plus summer's slower pace leaves us more time to bask in the sun between rapids.