White Water Paddling in Portland, OR
About Portland White Water Paddling
The Clackamas River is the closest whitewater rafting or kayaking option to the Portland area. The Clackamas runs year-round and is one of the most-sought after destinations for white water paddlers in Oregon, especially in the summer. Upriver, the paddling gets technical, which offers a variety of Class III and some occasional Class IV runs. There are many places to stop and enjoy a break in the sun, whether you are floating the lower river or enjoying the challenge further up.
The White Salmon River flows from glacial melt off of Mount Adams and is clean, clear, cold, and fast-flowing. The river cuts through many narrow gorges, which create Class III and IV rapids; in the summer, the river rises and creates some of the best Class V whitewater in the Northwest. It is not as well known for its excellent boating, making it less crowded than the Clackamas for motor-powered adventures on the water.
Groups: Oregon Whitewater Association
Events: Riverhouse Rendezvous
The Clackamas River is the closest and most accessible whitewater that you can find near Portland. Experienced paddlers enjoy the Class III and IV rapids of the northern segment, and flat water floaters enjoy the less intense southern section.
A look at some of the photos in the image gallery below gives you a glimpse into how wild and awesome the White Salmon River can be, but really you must get out there and experience if for yourself. It's a stunningly beautiful and powerful river that provides whitewater enthusiasts with a whole of fun.
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