The Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival is an annual gathering for rafters and kayakers from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Affectionately termed Clack-Fest, the event is designed for boaters to compete in whitewater races, try out the latest and greatest gear from leading raft and kayak manufacturers, meet up with old friends, and make new ones!

2012 will celebrate the 29th year of Clack-Fest, which takes place along the Upper Clackamas River at the Carter Falls bridge, about an hour east of Portland. Slalom gates are set up in the middle of the Class IV Carter Falls, where rafters, kayakers, catarafters, river boarders, and driftboats compete in different events. Spectators cheer their favorites as boaters test their skills on this challenging course.

The festival is a great opportunity for those wanting to learn more about whitewater rafting and kayaking in the Northwest. Representatives from major raft and raft frame manufacturers will attend to show off their latest gear. There are also clinics about river techniques and safety. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the boating community of the Pacific Northwest and meet new paddling buddies.

Learn more about the events, clinics, and specific details at http://upperclackamasfestival.org/

About the Author: Zachary Collier

Zach Collier owns Hood River based Northwest Rafting Company. He spends his winters exploring new rivers and summers guiding on the Rogue River. He's paddled and guided trips around the world, but chose to call Oregon home due to the abundance of amazing whitewater rivers.

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