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Whitewater Rafting / Inflatable Kayaks / SUP

These trips are for kids 12 years or older, and under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Trips include all equipment.

2011 Featured Programing

Stand Up Paddle Board Instruction

Join our professional SUP Instructors for an instructional tour of the mighty Willamette River corridor in Oregon City. Along the way you will be rewarded with unique views of the second largest waterfall in North America, a half-mile long bridge, and numerous rare bird sightings. More importantly, our guides will provide you with a skill set that will allow you to take on whatever challenges you choose while Stand Up Paddleboarding with paddling with style and safety Whether you want to ocean surf, cruise along the flatwater, or surf your way down your local whitewater river eNRG Kayaking can show you how!  This 1.5 hour experience is a low ratio intimate class that you are sure to enjoy.

Price: $69

Included in price: Inflatable SUP board, paddle, and PFD

White Water Immersion- Inflatable Kayaking


White Water Immersion, 1.5 hrs, $39:

Come paddle with us in our White Water Immersion Course on the Lower Clackamas River!   Our new location in Oregon City right at the mouth of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers gives us unprecedented access to this beginner stretch of river.   Under the guidance of our professional ACA certified instructors, participants will pilot their own inflatable kayaks down the Lower Clackamas River honing fundamental moving water skills.  Inflatable kayaks allow you to enjoy the sport of kayaking on the river without the worry of flipping over.  This hour and a half program will give you and your friends an introduction to (eddy turns, ferrying, river running skills and river safety) river hydrology, strokes, boat dynamics, and safety.  This course is offered (weekday evenings) twice daily through the summer.  Participants should have a moderate comfort with water, and we will provide booties, wet suits, paddles, PFDs (life jackets), helmets, and inflatable kayaks.


Sandy River rafting

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Embark on a guided rafting adventure on the lower Sandy River (Class 1+: moving water and riffles, no rapids). Journey through the ancient forest of Oxbow Regional Park past the ghostly remains of a buried forest and into some of the best animal tracking areas that this region has to offer. The 4-hour float

starts and ends at Dabney State Park and includes equipment rental, instruction and shuttle to the launch site. Snack provided; bring a sack lunch. $45 per adult; $30 per child under 12. Suitable for ages 8 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required; Sign up online here or call 503-772-1122. Metro and Northwest River Guides

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Willamette River Rafting

Are you looking for a short introduction to the world of paddlesport recreation? Are you looking for a team building experience that you won’t soon forget?  Try flatwater rafting. Beginning at Sellwood Park, this trip gives groups and families the opportunity to see downtown Portland from a new perspective – the Willamette River!

Price: $40

Clackamas River Scenic Float


Come experience a treasure of the Mt. Hood Territory! The Lower Clackamas River is home to nesting ospreys, eagles, and River Otters.  This 4 mile section of river contains meandering class I-II whitewater, enjoyable for all ages and ability levels and lasts about 2.5 hours.  An easy rafting trip is a great way to view the natural beauty of Oregon that’s just minutes from Portland.  Drop over the “surf spot”, run screaming right turn, paddle under the I205 bridge and through the famous “high rocks.”  Learn about the history and geology of the lower Clackamas River while floating down this Northwest Gem.

Price: $49 (minimum 4 paddlers)

Try out a one man inflatable kayak for $59

Sandy River

Scenic Float

Created by an ancient volcanic lahore this stretch of the Sandy River is a local gem.  The trip begins at Oxbow Regional Park, an area packed with 300 year-old cedar tress, black-tail deer, elk, king salmon and the occasional black bear.  We’ll float down 6 miles of the lower Sandy and past newly uncovered petrified trees over 800 years old.  Our trip finishes as the Sandy ends its journey from the slopes of Mt. Hood and empties into the Columbia River Gorge.

Price: $55

Family Whitewater

One of our most popular trips, this section of the Sandy River runs through the designated-wilderness area closest to Portland. Beginning where Bull Run flows into the Sandy River, this trip starts out with a bang- class III Pipeline Rapids.  The river continues for six miles at a fast clip through numerous class II-III rapids with amazing scenery and waterfalls plunging directly into the river.  Come experience the Sandy River with Northwest River Guides!

Price: $75

Sandy Gorge

The Sandy Gorge is the most exciting rafting trip within an hour of Portland. From the slopes of Mount Hood, the Sandy River gains momentum and size as it descends toward the Columbia River. This trip contains the steepest and most congested sections of the Sandy. Beginning with busy class II whitewater punctuated by class III+ Alder Creek Rapids, the river drops into the Sandy Gorge for an unparalleled challenge. The gorge contains class III-IV+ rapids and is an solid advanced rafting trip.  Get ready for an thrilling day on the river with Northwest River Guides.

Rafting: $90

Sandy River Gorge raft trips are for rafters over the age of 18.  Prerequisites include at least 1 intermediate raft trip with NRG or documented class IV rafting experience.

North Fork Santiam Rafting

The Santiam River is an Oregon wilderness gem.  Outside of Salem, this is one of NRG’s favorite river runs.  The NF Santiam is a classic class II-III river trip that takes through some of the most scenic parts of the Oregon Cascades.  Great rapids class III rapids like Swirlies, Spencer’s Hole, and Carnivore dot the run. The crystal clear water is full of steelhead and salmon and is a great intermediate rafting trip: fun and challenging for all.

Rafting: $85

Inflatable Kayaking: $95

Klickitat River

A personal favorite of NRG owner Sam Drevo, the Klickitat River lies in a wide-open wilderness valley and contains many great boulder garden rapids.  East of Hood River in the renowned Columbia Gorge, the Klickitat nearly always has blue skies and warm sun, owing to its dry high desert climate. The 6 miles of fantastic class II whitewater are punctuated by the legendary class III Ishy Pishy. Packing quite a punch, class III Ishy Pishy marks the end of another great day of rafting in the Pacific Northwest.  The Klickitat is also a great river for inflatable kayak trips.

Rafting: $85

Inflatable Kayaking $95

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