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