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Clackamas River Access Sites

A wild and scenic river

PGE Parks and COVID-19

The safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is very important to us. To ensure their safety during the coronavirus crisis, on March 23, 2020 we temporarily closed the 14 parks and recreation areas we operate. We are taking a phased approach to reopening them, in cooperation with managers of other nearby recreation sites.

Announced re-opening dates

Open as of May 22:

  • Promontory Park
  • North Fork Boat Launch
  • Pelton Park
  • Pelton Wildlife Overlook
  • Trojan Park

Opening May 29:

  • Timothy Lake
  • Lake Harriet
  • Clackamas River access sites
  • Balancing Rocks
  • Monty Campground
  • Perry South Campground

Opening June 1:

  • Round Butte Overlook
  • Timber Park

Closed Indefinitely for reasons unrelated to COVID-19:

  • Faraday Lake (for construction)
  • Trout Creek Ranch (for golden eagle nesting)

We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities and our recreation partners as we open our park and recreation facilities.

Visitors to parks are asked to practice physical distancing from those outside their immediate party.

To help protect visitors’ health and safety, we are keeping campground showers and large-group communal areas closed, increasing the frequency of facilities cleaning and disinfecting, posting signage to promoting physical distancing, and scheduling additional staff. The company is also working with concessionaires at PGE Parks to help them follow CDC safety guidelines.

Paddle and raft in the Clackamas River

The Clackamas River corridor is a mecca for outdoor recreation just outside of Portland. Along its banks you can find plenty of paddling, hiking, bicycling and camping. And from our river access sites, you can launch your watercraft for up to 13 miles of class II-IV whitewater rapids, take in the canyon’s grand views or just enjoy the mountain-fed waters of the Wild and Scenic Upper Clackamas. Download a Whitewater Recreation Map.

The Clackamas also has adult salmon and steelhead migrating upriver almost year-round.

River access sites details

The river access sites are open year-round. The sites are free and open to the public. PGE manages three river access sites along the Clackamas River in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service:

  • Moore Creek Boat Access Site at milepost 35.3 has a restroom and a non-motorized boat launch.
  • Hole in the Wall Boat Access Site at milepost 41 has a restroom, changing rooms, and non-motorized boat launch.
  • Sandstone Boat Access Site just past milepost 45 near Indian Henry Campground is the farthest up the Clackamas and has a non-motorized boat launch.

Be sure to take a look at our Parks & Recreation Rules.


The River Access sites are east of Estacada on Hwy 224 near mileposts 35, 41, and 45.

Contact us

For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.