As our volunteers of the month, we wish to recognize Luke Spencer and Pete Giordano who spent
countless hours in meetings and site visits to make new improved access to the Clackamas River a
Those who paddle the Clackamas River, Portland's backyard run, may have noticed something new
this spring: enhanced access points with parking, signage, toilet, and convenient launch
facilities. These projects would not have happened without Luke and Pete stepping up to volunteer
their expertise and knowledge of the Clackamas River that proved essential to the successful
completion of these projects.
In 2006 American Whitewater signed a settlement agreement with Portland General Electric that
established the guidelines for the future operation of their hydropower project on the Clackamas
River. Among the provisions of the agreement, we advocated for improved gage information, support
for events including the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival, improvements in river access at
three sites, and enhanced law enforcement within the corridor. With this agreement, which
volunteer Keith Jensen helped negotiate as a volunteer representing American Whitewater, PGE
manages their hydropower project to benefit whitewater recreation.
Moore Creek is a newly improved site about a mile downstream of Bob's Hole. It serves as a
take-out for those paddling the best segment of whitewater on the run and is also a put-in for
those looking for a more mellow float. Hole in the Wall is a newly improved access just upstream
of Hole in the Wall rapid that serves as a put-in. Work is now underway on the third improved
access point upstream of the Three Lynx powerhouse. PGE will manage all three of these sites for
the term of the hydropower license.
In the coming year we will also be working to develop a river map with access points and rapids
that can be posted at access points along the river corridor and make it easier for first-time
visitors to find the section of river they want to paddle. We appreciate the leadership of Luke
and Pete in bringing these projects to successful implementation and their long-term commitment
to promoting paddlesports in the Pacific Northwest.