Clackamas River adventures are our most popular whitewater rafting day trip. Our half and full day Clackamas tours (on the Three Lynx section of the upper river) are some of our best rafting adventures, 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, Headwall, Slingshot, and Carter Bridge are a few of the many lively class III rapids we encounter*, as is Bob's Hole, site of a well-known kayak competition held each May. (* Some may be class IV rapids during springtime high water.)
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.