HWY 224 along the Upper Clackamas River has reopened. Click to learn current conditions.
View of the Wild & Scenic Clackamas River with green trees, blue river and a bridge in distance in Oregon's Mount Hood Territory

Clackamas River

The Clackamas River flows some 83 miles from its headwaters in the Mt. Hood National Forest to its confluence with the Willamette River. Along its route, the Clackamas meanders through wild and scenic landscapes as well as rural and urban areas offering an array of recreational activities that include world-class whitewater rafting and kayaking, flat-water paddling, boating, floating, fishing, hiking, camping and cycling. Whatever the season, the Upper, Middle Lower sections of the Clackamas River provide something fun and exciting to do. And if you're not sure on what to do or how to do it, book a trip with one of our local guides , who are experts on the changing conditions and offer insight into the best ways to recreate on the river. 

In September of 2020 the Riverside Fire burned 138,126 total acres, impacting a large area of Mt. Hood National Forest. Along with the Lionshead, Bull Complex and Beachie Creek Fires, 26 campgrounds and day use sites, 24 trailheads and 37 trails were destroyed or severely damaged. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) closed State Highway 224 to the pubic between milepost 31 and milepost 50. 

On May 1, 2022, ODOT will reopen Hwy 224 up to Ripplebrook, however many recreation and camp sites, Forest Service roads and trails will remain closed for the foreseeable future until planning, repairs and rebuilding can occur. With that said, there are still recreational opportunities available in the Upper Clackamas. 

Scroll down for information to help you plan, prepare and recreate safely along the Upper Clackamas corridor. There are links to a map with currently open sites, an FAQ section as well as links for updated information from the U.S. Forest Service and ODOT.

Information about local guides and outfitters offering whitewater experiences on the Clackamas River can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section below. For more ideas of things to do in and around the area, check out Visit Estacada's webpage and our  Top Things To Do in Estacada's article.        

Autumn Along the Clackamas River - Vertical
Forest Service Wildfire Damage Updates

Forest Service Wildfire Damage Updates, including "Spring 2022 Frequently Asked Questions", closure map, inventory of fire-related damage to recreation sites and more.

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Road with fall color in the Mt. Hood National Forest
Oregon Department of Transportation Updates

For updates from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and their continued work on Highway 224.

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large map of open sites on Upper Clackamas River
Upper Clackamas River Map

Open sites on HWY 224

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Outdoor picnic tables by a pond at Stone Circle Cider
Things To Do In Estacada

Things To Do In Estacada

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Following are some questions and answers that will help you plan your visit to the recently opened Highway 224 corridor from Promontory Park to Ripplebrook. Keep in mind that changes will be happening frequently throughout the year, so for an up-to-date and more comprehensive list of FAQs, visit the USFS page above in the "Helpful Links" section.  

Class III Rapid Upper Clackamas River

The community of Estacada is situated along the Clackamas River, right at the start of what's considered the "upper" part of the river. It's the perfect spot to gear up before heading out, or to spend some time after relaxing. It's also a fun little town to be the primary purpose of your trip. You can browse our complete list of things to do in Estacada, or check out a few ideas below. 

1. Artback Murals

Buildings throughout downtown Estacada are decorated with murals depicting the history and culture of the community. Stop by the Spiral Gallery to pick up a map of each mural for a self-guided walking tour.

2. Check Out The Foodie Scene

Estacada may be a small community, but it boasts some big flavors. From The Cazadero Steakhouse overlooking the Clackamas River to the baked goods and delicious breakfast and lunch options at Harmony, the choices are plentiful. There are also a number of fun food trucks, like The Lumberyard Pod which includes one of the only Mayan food trucks around and the Timber Town Grub Food Truck. These are just a small sample of the options, check out the Eat: Estacada page for the full list. 

3. Get Crafty

Estacada has a pretty great craft beverage scene for such a small town. Fearless Brewing has been making beer using the "magical waters of the Clackamas River" here since the '90's. Nearby is Clackamas River Growlers, with more than 20 craft beverages from local makers on tap. It's also the only deaf-owned tap house in Oregon. Signs near the taps help patrons learn a bit of American Sign Language to help order. Just outside of town is Stone Circle Cider. They specialize in traditional, English-style ciders made from fresh apples grown right there on the farm. The end result is an amazing creation. 

Related: The Story Behind Fearless Brewing

4. Disc Golf

Estacada is home to a pair of top-quality disc golf courses. The first is at Timber Park. There's also a playground and picnic area if only some of the family are looking for a little course time. Timber Park is also where the annual Timber Festival takes place each July 4.  There's another course nearby at Milo McIver Park, which in itself is a destination with fishing, camping, boating and many other recreational activities. 

5. Estacada Field Guide

If you're looking for the full rundown of what to see and do in Estacada, then pick up a copy of the Estacada Field Guide. The free guide can be found at Spiral Gallery, Clackamas River Outfitters, Harmony and Wade Creek Vintage Marketplace

Updated information on the middle Clackamas River coming soon

Updated information on the lower Clackamas River coming soon

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