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.
Roaring River is Class IV with continuous rapids and a high potential for wood.
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.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Jason running Maple Hole Rapid
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