Four hydroelecrtic plants reside along the Clackamas River; River Mill Dam, Faraday Dam & Powerhouse, North Fork Dam and Oak Grove Powerhouse. These consist of three main dams, two stand-alone power houses, six miles of pipeline, and 379 acres of man-made lakes, providing much of the power for the Portland area.
Faraday Diversion Dam incorporates a 1.9 mile long fish ladder that provides safe passage all the way up past North Fork Dam. Juvenile fish migrating downstream from the upper reaches of the Clackamas are collected just above North Fork Dam. The fish are then released into a 20-inch diameter pipe that carries them about 5 miles downstream, returning them to the main river below River Mill Dam.
The Cascading Rivers Bikeway follows the Clackamas and Breitenbush Rivers in a 70 mile link from Estacada to Detroit, Oregon. All along this route, water and rock interact to create a place of dramatic beauty and inspiration. Rivers, rapids, waterfalls, hot springs and lakes captivate and guide the rider.
47 miles of the Clackamas River, along with the Roaring River, Eagle Creek and Fish Creek, have been nationally designated as wild and scenic rivers. Less than 2% of America’s rivers share this honor. Crisp, clean water and untouched natural habitat is what makes this watershed so special.
Explore the 9,181 acre nationally designated wilderness area with some of the largest trees in northwest Oregon. The Clackamas Wilderness protects clean drinking water for many Oregonians as well as habitat for many species. Many hiking trails wander through this scenic area.
Spend a day discovering all of the publicly viewable murals in downtown Estacada. With dozens already painted, and a new one created every year at the Estacada Summer Celebration, you will find one around just about every corner.