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Clackamas River Rafting

The Clackamas River is a tributary of the Willamette River , about 85 mi (137 km) long, in northwestern Oregon in the United States .The river drains an area of about 940 square miles. In its upper reaches, it passes through mostly forested, rugged mountainous terrain, while in its lower third, it passes through agricultural and urban areas.

It rises in eastern Marion County, approximately 55 mi (89 km) ESE of Salem. The headwaters are in the Mount Hood National Forest in the Cascades, on the slopes of Ollalie Butte at approximately 6000 ft (1800 m) elevation, approximately 10 mi (16 km) north of Mt. Jefferson . It flows briefly north, then northwest through the mountains, passing through North Fork Reservoir, then Estacada and emerging from the mountains southeast of Portland. It joins the Willamette near Oregon City.

The river supports runs of Coho, Spring and Fall Chinook, and Summer and Winter steelhead. It is a popular destination for fishing and whitewater rafting. It also provides hydroelectric power and drinking water for some of the Portland metropolitan area.

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