6 things you need to know before floating the Clackamas River

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With warmer weather approaching, many people will seek respite and recreation at Clackamas County Parks and the rivers that run through them. Here are a few tips for a smart and safe float down the river.


Remember Your Keys

If you have a car waiting for you downstream, don’t forget your keys.


Take Note of Float Times

  • McIver to Barton (From McIver lower ramp) 4-5 hours
  • Barton to Carver 3-4 hours Last recommended departure time for Barton to Carver is 4 p.m.


Don’t Get Towed

Barton and Carver Parks close at 9 p.m.

Trash Can

Pack Out Trash

Please pack out all garbage and place in dumpster at the other end of your fl oat. Please respect private property along the river.

Soda Can

Haul Out Empties

Alcohol is not allowed in County Parks, but if you fi nd empty cans or bottles, please haul them out with the rest of your trash.

life jacket

Be Prepared

A life jacket can save your life. Walk the shallows to avoid popping your raft/float. A whistle lets you call for help.

Stay up to date on all things Clackamas County Parks at www.clackamas.us/parks.

You can also find out more information about the Clackamas River, including alternatives to floating and paddling, along with maps, checklists and so much more by going to www.mthoodterritory.com/clackamas-river.