The Upper Clackamas River in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory is known for being the best whitewater just an hour from Portland. The 13 miles from Three Lynx down to North Fork offer constant Class II and III rapids and some Class IV sections as well. The river is so popular with rafters and other whitewater enthusiasts that in the 1980’s they created what has become the annual Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival taking place this year May 20 and 21.
Now in its 34th year, the scope of the event has grown. The festival incorporates rafting, kayaking and standup paddleboard (SUP) events in to the two-day schedule. The focus of the entire event is fun and safety, making it perfect for whitewater lovers of various skill ranges. If you think you might like to get in on the action yourself sometime, there’s plenty of outfitters and guides to choose from in The Territory to start practicing.
For those looking for the full outdoor experience, event organizers have some tips for nearby camping options. There are other, less rustic lodging options in the region for those looking for a little more comfort after a hard day paddling on the river. Don’t forget to pack a GoPro and waterproof case to get some epic footage of you shooting the rapids.
Complete festival information may be found at http://upperclackamasfestival.org. Plan your trip with www.MtHoodTerritory.com.