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Kayaking, Rafting and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Guides in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

Summer is the perfect time to head to the refreshing rivers in Mt. Hood Territory. With endless adventure possibilities on the water you might not be taking advantage of some of the most fun class IV rapids closest to Portland…and you should be!

With plenty of outfitters and guides to choose from in The Territory it’s time to start practicing, or showing off your skills, as you navigate your way down the riffles and rapids of our amazing rivers.

Here’s a selection of some of our awesome guides to help you craft your perfect trip before the season ends.

eNRG Kayaking – Oregon City

Take a trip down the Clackamas River or paddle up to the Willamette River to scenic and historic Willamette Falls, the second largest waterfall (by volume) in North America. Even if you’ve never been paddling before, eNRG Kayaking offers instruction and rentals of kayaks and stand up paddle (SUP) boards and classes, plus kayak fishing instruction at Clackamette Park. For a truly unique experience try out their stand up paddle (SUP) board yoga classes at Willamette Park.

Blue Sky Rafting – Estacada

Explore the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River or head out on the Sandy River with experienced rafting guides since 1997. Thrilling whitewater rafting for groups and families, beginner to advanced levels. Half or full day excursions that are just a quick drive from Portland.

Mt. Hood Adventure – Government Camp

Take in the view of Mt. Hood while kayaking or paddleboarding on one of the surrounding lakes with an experienced Mt. Hood Adventure guide. They have recreational flat water kayaks that they deliver daily to the areas lakes for 2 or 3 hour tours as well as stand-up paddlboard tours specific for families, adventure seekers and large groups. Plus the popular new Yoga & Meditation Standup Paddleboard tours every Sunday at Trillium Lake which are truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

Northwest Whitewater Adventures – Estacada

Northwest Whitewater Adventures celebrates human power and the natural environment by offering exhilarating whitewater rafting, group or family trips and personal boater training. Full and half day rafting trips on the Upper Clackamas River available.  Call for group discounts.

Paddling the Willamette Falls with eNRG Kayaking

River Drifters – Estacada

One of the most tenured and experienced rafting companies in Oregon and Washington. Class 3-4 whitewater rafting on the Sandy Gorge and upper Clackamas River, March-August. Groups up to 50 in rafts of 6, for half or 1 day trips with lunch, plus multi-day trips.

All-Star Rafting & Kayaking – Estacada

20 years experience guiding half day and 1 day rafting trips on the upper Clackamas River. Raft rentals on the lower Clackamas from McIver Park to Carver Park. Experience class 3-4 rapids and bring groups of up to 50 for full day or half day with lunch.

Clackamas River Outfitters – Estacada

Renting recreational kayaks, stand up paddleboards and fishing kayaks, plus tours to the bridge and back and downriver SUP. Clackamas River Outfitters is your source for paddlesports rentals, tours, and instruction on the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River. Two locations include Timber Park – Estacada Lake and Promontory Park – North Fork Reservoir.

Have a go with any of these experienced guides for a half or full-day trip down one of our scenic rivers. Match it with the perfect hotelcampsite or even vacation rental, and you’ve got the makings of a memorable time in Mt. Hood Territory.

Hope to see you out there!

Molly Johnson is on the Marketing Team for Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.  She assists the team with social media, web content, public relations, co-op advertising and marketing efforts.