The hidden side of Milo McIver State Park (2012)
First in a four-part series about lesser-known features of Milo McIver State Park. Follow along and learn about a different aspect of the park in the coming weeks.
Paddlers, boaters and anglers know Milo McIver, situated between Portland and Mt. Hood National Forest, for its access to the Clackamas River, which hugs the park along its western edge. But if you’re not set up to go boating on your own, Milo McIver offers guided kayak tours from a new ramp on the River Mill Reservoir.
“The Clack” is a fast-moving river. Navigation is challenging in the swift current and rapids, especially south of the park. That’s why park staff decided to offer an introductory experience for people who want to get their feet wet—er, try kayaking—in more gentle waters with provided equipment. The tours run from June through the end of August. For a minimal fee to cover costs, your guide will offer maneuvering tips and information on water safety and then take you out to practice paddling. Not to worry—even if you spill, guides are trained in cold water rescue.
The tours are limited to 11 participants, and registration opens May 2013 at the park office. Three of the kayaks are tandem, meaning that friends, partners or parents and children can paddle together. The tours last for about two hours and travel roughly two miles round-trip, but can be shortened or extended to fit the experience of the group.
For more information about the tours, contact the park office at (503) 630-7150. And while you wait for kayaking season to start, you can make use of Milo McIver’s 27-hole disc golf course or its 13 miles of trails with views of the river, both open year-round. Day-use parking passes are required at both of the day-use areas; you can buy a permit at the entrance booth or park office. Make your campground reservations now for summer 2013 trips. Follow the link below for online reservations, or call 1-800-452-5687. You may make reservations 2 days to 9 months in advance of your first night’s stay.
Milo McIver State Park (park information, driving directions and map)