Zach Collier: My first visit to the Clackamas river was for the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival in 2008. The river was flowing at 10,000 cfs and very few people floated the river due to the high water. I was happy to meet many people who were part of the whitewater community at the festival celebrating the Clackamas River. I've been back to the festival every year since.
OwSR No. 18: Clackamas River
- Contains the last significant run of wild late-winter coho in the Columbia Basin and an important population of winter steelhead
- Flows through old growth Douglas Fir forest
- Great whitewater close to Portland, Oregon
- Designated as an Oregon State Scenic Waterway
Kayaking Carter Falls during the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival | Photo: Zachary Collier
Celebrated by Zach Collier on May 20, 2017 by competing in the Inflatable Kayak Slalom during the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival.