Class III-IV Clackamas River, OR

Three Lynx Power Station to North Fork Reservoir

The most popular whitewater stretch on the Clackamas with a long season, great playboating, fun class III rapids and convenient access to the greater Portland area.

Section Details

Trip Length One Night, 32.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Hood National Forest
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail No
Description American Whitewater
River Flow Information

This section of river is dependent on flow being released from an upstream hydropower dam.

Natural flow is supplemented by the limited yet mandated ecological baseflows from the upstream Three Lynx Powerhouse. Good consistent flows are available throughout the winter with rain and into spring as snowmelt. The river drops low in the summer but can still be enjoyed as a technical boating experience and a wonderful escape into the National Forest just an hour from downtown Portland. The settlement agreement and new license have also resulted in improvements to river access sites. (Source: American Whitewater)

Photo Credit: Toilet Bowl | Photo by Thomas O'Keefe taken 05/01/06 @ 2250 cfs