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Male and female instructors demonstrate stand-up paddleboard yoga on inflatable boards at West Linns Willamette Park
Molly Johnson | 02/10/2020 | Recreation, Water Play

Our Rivers Are Ready For You This Summer

Standup paddleboarder on the Clackamas River Oregons Mount Hood Territory

In Mt. Hood Territory, when the sun comes out, everyone heads to the water. There are numerous water sport activities to do, including stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and whitewater rafting. You can also hike around the water, fish in it, take your boat out or just dip your toes in the water and then have a picnic at a park. Our rivers and lakes are ideal for all of these choices and whether you are using your own equipment or renting from one of our guides and outfitters, you can't go wrong. 


If you like kayaking we have several locations ideal for a casual excursion, complete with picturesque scenery. 

Get closer than you'd ever think possible to the second largest waterfall (by volume) in North America by kayaking to the historic Willamette Falls in Oregon City. You can load up your gear for a quick trip and then grab lunch or dinner from one of the hip restaurants on Oregon City's award winning Main Street. If you need to rent gear you can do so from eNRG Kayaking, or even better yet, sign up for their 90-minute tour and get the inside scoop on the area's rich history. 

Milo McIver State Park has a great kayak launch into Estacada Lake and the Clackamas River, and the ride is incredibly peaceful. Go at your own pace and see sights like small waterfalls and a beautiful arch bridge spanning the lake, or schedule a guided tour with Clackamas River Outfitters who have a set up right at the dock and can provide you with all the gear you'll need for a hassle-free paddle. 

Whitewater Rafting
Blue Sky Rafting, Clackamas River Whitewater

The Wild and Scenic Clackamas River and the Sandy River Gorge both have fantastic class III and IV rapids for an epic half day or full day rafting trips.

Grab your dry bag, group of friends and gear and head out to your favorite location for epic water fun! The sites, sounds, and the thrill is hard to be matched. 

If you're new to the sport, there are a handful of knowledgeable guides and outfitters for these two rivers that help to ease any nerves about this high intensity water play and guide you on a safe and thrilling ride you will want to immediately do again

All-Star Rafting & Kayaking provides trips on the Upper Clackamas River and raft rentals on the Lower Clackamas from Milo McIver Park to Carver Park. The tenured River Drifters and Blue Sky Rafting offer trips on both the Clackamas and the Sandy Rivers while Northwest Whitewater Adventures tours on the Upper Clackamas River. 

Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP)

Stand-up paddleboarding is certainly a unique way to experience the water. While it takes some practice to get comfortable, standing on water while you cruise down the river honestly feels pretty darn cool. 

Paddling on the Clackamas lets you escape and paddling on the Willamette feels like you are seeing sites of the city around you that you miss on the shore. Both are great experiences, depending on the vibe you are interested in. Or, both have guided tour offerings from eNRG Kayaking (Willamette) and Clackamas River Outfitters (Clackamas) who take care of everything for you and give you the insider's scoop. 

A relatively new and interesting activity to try out is SUP! eNRG Kayaking offers SUP yoga classes at Willamette Park in West Linn where the Tualatin River meets the Willamette and it's fascinating to watch or try. I haven't had the guts to yet, but if you've got the skills you should definitely give it a go, and then use our hashtag #omht in your pictures so we can see how you fared! 

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Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest channels. 

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