Difficulty IV
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 2000 - 6000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 36 minutes ago ~ 629 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/04/2019 7:46 pm

River Description

Roaring River is one of several exciting, adventurous tributaries to the Clackamas River. Reaching the put-in requires a 1.5 mile hike. The river is very remote with almost continuous rapids at most flows.

Check out the description and photos at Oregon Kayaking. You can check the website for more stories of exploring this drainage.


There is good flow information here.  For the stick gauge referred to there, Oregonkayaking.net suggests 2.2-2.5 feet for a first time trip, with anything over 3' being high. 

Rapid Descriptions


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Pete Giordano
8 years ago

Roaring River is Class IV with continuous rapids and a high potential for wood.

Gage Descriptions

There is no gauge on Roaring River but approximate flows can be estimated from the Clackamas River gauge. Generally the Clackamas River at 3 Lynx should be about 2500cfs for Roaring River to be runnable. Be sure to check the flow at the take-out to confirm river level. There is a stick gauge located in the last pool before the take-out on river-right. There is a faint trail on river-right from the take-out that leads to the pool or the gauge can be viewed from the trail leading out of Roaring River campground on river-left. 2.5' on the stick gauge is a good medium flow. If you can't find the stick gauge, the last rapid is very typical of the nature of the run although there are several harder rapids.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1212683 06/04/19 Jacob Cruser updated image position
1193001 07/28/04 n/a n/a
1199519 03/07/11 Thomas O'Keefe copy edit
1200784 11/02/11 Pete Giordano
1200785 11/02/11 Pete Giordano
1200788 11/03/11 Pete Giordano
1201330 05/19/12 Thomas O'Keefe photo added
1205800 01/06/16 Jacob Cruser Updated gauge info