5 Kayakers in yellow and red hardshell kayaks paddling through gate at Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival in Mt. Hood Territory

Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival

Jarrod Lyman | 02/04/2019 | Estacada, Events, Water Play

Competitors go all out in the rafting competition during the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival in Estacada in Oregons Mt. Hood Territory.

The mighty Clackamas River runs deep this time of year fueled by spring rains and early snow melt, tantalizing thrill-seekers with its whitewater rapids. A gathering of enthusiasts who live to conquer the rapids is held annually called The Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival which is taking place May 18 and 19 this year. The festival is one of the oldest and largest whitewater events in all of the pacific northwest and is just a scenic, short drive upriver from the city of Estacada

The event started as a challenge between a group of friends to see who could win a race through the Carter Falls section of the river. Today the festival has grown into a large celebration of the sport, while focusing on bonding, fun and safety and this year marks its 36th installment. The scope of the event has also grown over the years. In addition to events like the drift boat slalom and cartaraft slalom, kayakers have their own category as part of the larger festival as does a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) race. 

For more information on all the event offerings check out their website

Not in the area that weekend? Utilize the expertise of Clackamas River Outfitters, or one of the other expert guide services in Mt. Hood Territory to help you tackle the rapids this season down one of our scenic rivers. If flat water is more to your liking, eNRG Kayaking provides kayaking trips to historic Willamette Falls in Oregon City

Related Content: Kayaking, Rafting and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Guides in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory

Kayakers work their way through the gates in the competition at the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival near Estacada in Oregons Mt. Hood Territory.


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