About the Sandy Gorge River Rafting

The Sandy Gorge is probably one of the best kept secrets on Portland’s doorstep. This run is truly the “closest rafting to Portland.” Nestled just off of HWY 26 near Sandy, lies one of the most beautiful and challenging runs around the state. Once in the canyon, one will be immersed with rainforest-like vegetation, uncountable waterfalls, the amazing transformation of open valleys to deep, volcanic ash gorges, to the challenging Class IV+ whitewater. And one of the most unique features of the Sandy Gorge is that it is literally 30 minutes from Portland’s Eastside communities.The Sandy Gorge is located just under an hour of west Portland and even closer to the eastside! If you would like to have a true weekend getaway, then combo a Sandy Gorge trip with a Clackamas River trip for a real whitewater weekend getaway, all with the comforts of going home to a hot shower at night!

River Drifters provides trips on the Sandy Gorge at two different times during the year. From late-April through mid-June (is the primary season), but we occasionally will offer trips during rainy periods of October and November. Hey, it’s Oregon and you are going to get wet anyway, so a little liquid sunshine won’t hurt! On a Sandy Gorge journey, one will be encountered with such challenging rapids like The ’64, Boulder Rapids, Alder Creek, Rasp Rock, Drain Hole and Revenue Bridge Rapids. This run is chalked full of many unnamed class III and IV rapids. Midway through the trip, a hearty and healthy rivers’ edge lunch will great the hungry rafter.

Who Can Go

The Sandy Gorge is great for the adventurous rafter with a few trips or a fair number of river miles under their belt! The season on the Sandy Gorge is mainly in the Spring months (March through mid-June).
The minimum age is a hearty 16 year old. The Sandy Gorge is ideal for our returning guests who like to climb the river ladder to raft the infamous Wind River!

Essential Eligibility Requirements for participation

What We Provide

River Drifters provides all the necessary gear to stay warm and comfortable on your adventure (wetsuits, paddle jackets and helmets), all free! The price also includes lunch on the banks of the Sandy River! For a comprehensive list of things to bring for all weather, please see our Spring and Fall Trip List!

Full Day Sandy River Gorge Rafting Trip

River Trip

$125Per Adult


Meeting Place: Marmot Bridge
GPS Waypoint: 45.38369, -122.04648

Sandy Directions