And one of the most unique features of the Sandy River Gorge is that it is literally 30 minutes from Portland’s Eastside communities. For the adventurous type seeking a whitewater weekend getaway, we recommend comboing the Sandy River trip with a Clackamas River both an easy drive from the city.
River Drifters provides trips on the Sandy River Gorge at two different times during the year. Late April through mid-June is the primary season and we occasionally will offer trips during rainy periods of October and November.
Once in the canyon, you’ll be immersed with rainforest-like vegetation, uncountable waterfalls, and the amazing transformation of open valleys to deep volcanic gorges. The river rapids will jump start any lagging thrill factor with rapids like The ’64, Boulder Rapids, Alder Creek, Rasp Rock, Drain Hole and Revenue Bridge Rapids. The run is chalked full of unnamed class III and IV rapids so midway through the trip we’ll serve a hardy meal to keep energy levels high.