The Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival was first held in 1984 by an informal group of rafters calling them selves the “Oregon River Rats.” Planned by Russ Snively and friends with the support of volunteers from the Northwest Rafters Association, the “River Rats” were determined to challenge each other to a contest of skill running a race through the Carter Falls section of the Upper Clackamas River east of Estacada, Oregon.

It’s a weekend of fun, exciting, and safe whitewater activities. This year marks the 29th anniversary of this great tribal gathering.

The festival gathers boaters together for a rip roaring good time doing what we all love to do: raft and kayak! The goal of the annual Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival is to provide you with a place to learn, to challenge, to bond and simply spend a GREAT weekend with your fellow boaters. Please consider volunteering for the festival!

Event Raffle

Enter to win an OS Systems Drysuit! We’re bringing back our raffle for a chance to win a custom built drysuit from our great local manufacturer! A $5 raffle ticket could be your ticket to the most comfortable drysuit made. Visit the registration booth at the festival for your chance at this great opportunity.