5 Kayakers in yellow and red hardshell kayaks paddling through gate at Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival in Mt. Hood Territory
Jarrod Lyman | 03/23/2022 | Water Play

Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival



The 2022 Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival has been cancelled as recovery efforts from the 2020 Riverside Fire continue. The event is expected to return in 2023.

4 male competitors go all out in the rafting competition at the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival in Estacada

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. 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. 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 stand-up paddleboard SUP (SUP) race. 

Not in the area that weekend? Utilize the expertise of Clackamas River Outfitters, Blue Sky Rafting, or one of the other expert guide services in Mt. Hood Territory to help you tackle the rapids 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 Paddleboarding Guides in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory

15 Kayakers paddle their way through the gates in competition at the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival near Estacada


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