Big Eddy Day Use Area – Clackamas River

Big Eddy Day Use
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Big Eddy Day Use

Big Eddy Day Use

Big Eddy Day Use

Clackamas River - Big Eddy Day Use




Located along the Clackamas River, Big Eddy Day Use Area is a nice picnic area, providing opportunities to practice plenty of activities such as picnicking, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, and whitewater rafting.

There are a few picnic tables in open and shaded by maple trees areas. If summer picnics are incomplete without some splashing in the water, then the clear green Clackamas River waters provide a phenomenal cooling off effect. That being said, some caution is to be exercised with regard to swimming in the river. There are rapids upstream and downstream. So, it is phenomenally important to ensure you stay upstream when frolicking in the water.

Portland General Electric warns of changing water level and current of all Clackamas River locations.  Be sure you have moderate or strong (better) swim skills for safe swimming in the Clackamas River at the Big Eddy.

Another point of concern is that while the cold water of the river is perfect for relief from the heat all around, the water really is quite cold, not higher 60°F even in the pick of the summer season. All in all, Big Eddy Day Use Area is the perfect spot to relax and picnic while enjoying the river and nature.



General Description

Access allowed: May - September
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: Yes
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Light to Moderate
Accommodations: Eagle Cove Camp
Managed: USDA, Mount Hood National Forest
GPS coordinates: 45.1822, -122.1683
Elevation: 830 ft (253 m)
Big Eddy Day Use Area is located:

  • 13 miles southeast of Estacada
  • 41 miles southeast of Portland
  • 65 miles northeast of Salem
  • 136 miles northeast of Eugene.

Website: USDA

Navigation Link*

Characteristics

Body of water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Moderate to strong
Depth: Shallow and deep
Beach: River rocks, formation rocks and pebbles
Water T° (summer): Cool

Activities

Swimming
Rafting
Picnicking

Service

Vault toilet
No water
Picnic sites



Driving Directions to Big Eddy Day Use Area

From Portland

  • Drive on Highway 26 East to Sandy
  • Turn right on Highway 211 and follow for about 6 miles to Highway 224
  • Turn left onto Highway 224 East (HWY 211S) and continue 13.1 miles to the trailhead on the right between milepost 37 and 38.

From Salem & Eugene

  • From I-5, take Exit 271 for Highway 214, and turn right onto Highway 214 toward Woodburn
  • Continue on Highway 211 North for 33.2 miles to Highway 224 East
  • Turn left onto Highway 224 East (HWY 211S) and continue 13.1 miles to the trailhead on the right between milepost 37 and 38.




Weather Forecast

Clear
Saturday
11/10 0%
Clear
High 53° / Low 38°
Clear
Sunday
11/11 0%
Clear
High 60° / Low 42°
Clear
Monday
11/12 0%
Clear
High 62° / Low 38°
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
11/13 0%
Partly Cloudy
High 58° / Low 45°
Chance of Rain
Wednesday
11/14 50%
Chance of Rain
High 55° / Low 43°



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