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Clackamas River Info


The Clackamas River is located approximately only 1 hour away from the downtown Portland area. The town of Estacada makes for the entry into the Clackamas River Canyon and has many attractions in the area.


This makes it a unique river in that you can enjoy all the things of a big city and still get to have a true outdoor experience all in the same weekend. The Clackamas River area is full of beautiful hikes and even more destinations in the rest of the Mt Hood National Forest.



Discover more to see and do in the vicinity of the Clackamas River. From iconic landmarks to outdoor adventures, the area offers a variety of attractions to suit every interest.

  • Timberline Lodge: Famous for its rustic charm and breathtaking mountain views, Timberline Lodge is nestled on the slopes of Mt Hood.
  • Columbia River Gorge: Marvel at the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, home to scenic viewpoints and stunning waterfalls like Multnomah Falls.
  • Mt Hood National Forest: Immerse yourself in outdoor adventures in the pristine wilderness of the Mt Hood National Forest.
  • Pittock Mansion: Step back in time at Pittock Mansion and enjoy panoramic views of Portland.
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): Explore hands-on exhibits, interactive displays, and a planetarium at OMSI, perfect for families and science enthusiasts alike.

Interested in exploring further? Our partner company, NW Discoveries, offers private hiking experiences in both the Mt Hood area and the Columbia River Gorge. Whether you’re seeking a challenging summit trek or a leisurely nature stroll, their knowledgeable guides will ensure an unforgettable outdoor adventure.


For those traveling from out of town to experience the thrill of rafting on the Clackamas River with us, there are various lodging options available within convenient reach of our launch sites. While staying in Portland, particularly on the Eastside, provides easy access to the city’s amenities, you’re never too far from the adventure awaiting you on the river.

Portland Lodging Recommendations:

  • Hotel Eastlund: Located in the heart of East Portland, Hotel Eastlund offers modern accommodations and easy access to downtown attractions.
  • The Jupiter Hotel: Situated in the bustling Eastside Industrial District, The Jupiter Hotel combines contemporary style with a vibrant atmosphere, ideal for urban explorers.
  • The Hoxton: Nestled in the heart of Portland’s historic Old Town Chinatown, The Hoxton, Portland, provides a blend of comfort and sophistication for a memorable stay.

Estacada Lodging Recommendations:

  • Estacada Rentals: Enjoy a cozy retreat via Vrbo in the Estacada area.
  • Clackamas River RV Park: For RV and camper travelers, Clackamas River RV Park offers spacious sites with full hookups, laundry facilities, and easy access to outdoor activities.

For those inclined towards camping, the region offers numerous scenic spots to pitch a tent and immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Milo McIver State Park, Barton County Park, and various locations within the Mt Hood National Forest beckon with their natural splendor, providing ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to indulge in hiking, fishing, and stargazing beneath the pristine night sky.

Camping Options:

  • Milo McIver State Park: Set along the Clackamas River, Milo McIver State Park offers a range of camping facilities amidst picturesque surroundings, perfect for a serene outdoor getaway.
  • Barton Park Campground: Nestled along the Clackamas River, Barton Park Campground provides scenic campsites and recreational amenities, ideal for nature lovers and families alike.
  • Mt Hood National Forest Campgrounds: Explore the pristine wilderness of Mt Hood National Forest by camping at one of its many campgrounds, offering unparalleled access to hiking trails, fishing streams, and breathtaking vistas.



For those seeking delicious dining options near our river location, the town of Estacada boasts the nearest culinary delights. However, there are numerous other choices in the surrounding area to satisfy your appetite before or after your rafting adventure. Here are some of our top recommendations:

  • Time Travelers Brewing: Indulge in craft brews and tasty bites at Time Travelers Brewing, offering a relaxed atmosphere and flavorful selections for food and drink.
  • Food Carts of Estacada: Explore the diverse culinary offerings of Estacada through its charming food carts, serving up a variety of delicious dishes to suit every palate.
  • Pepe’s Tacos: Savor authentic Mexican flavors at Pepe’s Tacos, where traditional recipes and fresh ingredients combine to create mouthwatering tacos and more.
  • Bent Shovel Brewing: Discover a taste of the local craft beer scene at Bent Shovel Brewing, known for its handcrafted brews and welcoming taproom ambiance.
  • Hitchin Post Pizza: Enjoy a slice of heaven at Hitchin Post Pizza, where wood-fired pies and flavorful toppings come together to satisfy your pizza cravings.
  • Stone Cliff Inn (Carver, OR): Experience elevated dining with scenic views at Stone Cliff Inn, nestled in Carver, Oregon, offering a diverse menu of delicious dishes in a charming riverside setting.
  • Stone Circle Cider: Quench your thirst with handcrafted ciders at Stone Circle Cider, where local apples are transformed into refreshing beverages bursting with flavor.

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