The Narrows Swimming Hole

Clackamas River

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • The Narrows viewed from the Clackamas Highway.- The Narrows Swimming Hole
  • The Narrows, Clackamas River.- The Narrows Swimming Hole
  • The Narrows, Clackamas River.- The Narrows Swimming Hole
  • The Narrows, Clackamas River.- The Narrows Swimming Hole
  • The Narrows, Clackamas River.- The Narrows Swimming Hole
  • The Narrows, Clackamas River.- The Narrows Swimming Hole
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Deep pools. Cliff jumping. Numerous nearby campgrounds.
Cons: 
Peak summer crowds.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Location Type: 
River (moving slowly)
Cliff jumping: 
Yes
Greatest Height: 
14 ft (4 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Partly cloudy until afternoon.
81°F
60°

Mon

Partly cloudy in the morning.
86°F
56°

Tue

Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
87°F
59°

Wed

Partly cloudy in the morning.
82°F
61°

Thu

Clear throughout the day.
83°F
57°

Fri

Clear throughout the day.
85°F
53°

Sat

Clear throughout the day.
85°F
54°
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Just over 43 miles from Portland up Oregon Highway 224, the Clackamas River has carved and squeezed its way through an ancient basalt lava flow. The Narrows is a unique spot where the river becomes pinched by this now eroding igneous rock, and the current subsequently slows as the riverbed deepens. The Narrows is an amazing retreat on a hot mid-summer day.

Cliff Jumping Safety

Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.

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(63 within a 30 mile radius)

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