Closest rafting to Portland!



Difficulty LevelClass IV+

Age Requirement16+

Length in miles17

Length in timeOne Day


Black-Tailed Deer

(Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) – The black-tailed deer lives along the Pacific coast from northern and western California and north to southeastern Alaska. They thrive on the edge of the forest, as the dark forest lacks the underbrush and grasslands the deer prefer as food, and completely open areas lack the hiding spots and cover they prefer for harsh weather.

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One of the most unique features of the Sandy River Gorge is that it is literally 30 minutes from Portland’s East Side communities. For the adventurous type seeking a whitewater weekend getaway, we recommend combining the Sandy River trip with a Clackamas River trip which are 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 chock full of unnamed class III and IV rapids so we’ll serve a hearty meal at the end of the trip.

Our Guides

Our guides are experienced and accomplished in outdoor skills and trained in first aid, CPR, and river rescue. They are environmental stewards of the outdoor areas where we work and play and are knowledgeable about the natural & cultural history of the river. They are fun, interesting people who have a passion for rivers and guiding. If you have questions about rafting or the unique features of the Sandy River Gorge ask and they will be happy to share what they know.


With its cold, glacial flows, prime habitat and zero migration barriers from source to sea, the Sandy basin is one of Oregon’s most important producers of summer and winter steelhead. The river is home to spring Chinook, coho salmon, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. Restoration efforts by the BLM have bolstered fish returns in recent years.

Wildlife Viewing

Forest Service lands, BLM areas, county and municipal parks and other protected lands along the Sandy are home to healthy forests and streams that provide excellent habitat for wildlife. Elk, mountain lion, river otter, mink, osprey, Northern spotted owl, fisher, beaver, and Western pond turtle can all be found along and around the Sandy River Gorge.

“Super fun trip. Our guide was awesome! Can’t believe I’ve never gone rafting before. Can’t wait to do it again with other friends.”

Jonas Lobo

Sandy River Gorge Rafting Trips ….

Sandy River Gorge Full Day

Season: April - May *depending on water levels*
Duration: One Day
Length: 17 miles
Price: Custom
Rapids: IV+
Skill Level: Experience required
Age Minimum: 16

Customized trips: call for booking info. 8 person minimum.

Are you ready for your rafting adventure on the Sandy River Gorge?