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Ride the Clackamas Comeback: New Whitewater Rafting Adventures Await

The Clackamas River, a scenic waterway winding through Oregon’s Cascade Range, offers a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and relaxation seekers alike. From its headwaters near Mount Hood to its confluence with the Willamette River, the Clackamas River boasts stunning natural beauty, diverse recreational activities, and a chance to reconnect with nature. eNRG Kayaking is excited to expand its current rafting operations on the Santiam to include this majestic section of whitewater on the Upper Clackamas.

While you may be familiar with the tranquil floats of the lower Clackamas near Oregon City, home to our own tubing rentals and summer rafting camps, the upper Clackamas River is known for its dramatic canyons and cascading waterfalls.

While it was impacted by wildfires in 2020, the good news is that its recovery is in full swing, revealing a landscape undergoing a remarkable comeback. This resilient ecosystem is teeming with new life, and visitors can witness the power of nature’s renewal firsthand.

If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, the upper Clackamas River caters to whitewater rafting enthusiasts. Navigate through exciting rapids, surrounded by towering pines and breathtaking scenery.  eNRG Kayaking is excited to offer new half-day trips on the Upper Clackamas for all skill levels, from adventurous beginners to seasoned rafters. Our experienced guides will ensure your safety while navigating the thrilling rapids, all while pointing out the region’s unique flora and fauna.

Beyond the recreational opportunities, the Clackamas River plays a vital role in the environmental health of the region. The river serves as a critical habitat for various fish species, including salmon and steelhead trout. This makes events like the Clackamas River Cleanup hosted by We Love Clean Rivers vital to preserving its pristine waters which also provide a source of drinking water for local communities. So, whether you’re an avid adventurer or simply seeking a tranquil escape, the Clackamas River has something to offer everyone. 

Witnessing Recovery: The 2020 wildfires undeniably impacted the upper Clackamas River. However, the region is undergoing a remarkable recovery. As you explore, you’ll witness the resilience of nature and the ongoing restoration efforts. Remember to recreate responsibly by following safety guidelines, respecting the environment, and leaving no trace behind.

With its stunning scenery, diverse activities, and rich ecological significance, the Clackamas River promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. By visiting the Clackamas River, you can be a part of this positive change and support the continued health of this vibrant ecosystem.