Clackamas River Corridor

Welcome to the wilderness. This corridor from Estacada to Ripplebrook Ranger Station and on to Detroit Lake and the Santiam Pass offers a glimpse into glorious forested habitat, havens for deer, elk, bear, critters and birds. Breathtaking geologic basalt outcroppings, rushing whitewater and the glassy-still green waters of the North Fork Reservoir all combine to refresh and revive the spirit. Stop and listen. Be still and see.

Along one of Oregon’s Scenic Byways and part of the Cascade Birding Trail, you’ll travel along forested back roads of the Cascade Mountains. Achingly beautiful and remote, the Wild and Scenic designated Clackamas River is the home to an annual white water festival featuring a kayak rodeo competition and the Best Dam Run. Promontory Park on the North Fork Reservoir has 350 acres for waterfront camping, picnicking, water-skiing, boat rentals and fishing. 32 miles upriver is clothing-optional Bagby Hot Springs, where a mile and a half hike through towering fir and cedar trees takes you to the carved wooden bathtubs.

  • Located on both private and public land

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National Geographic