Kayaks and paddleboards are now available to rent at Milo McIver State Park’s Estacada Lake through Labor Day Weekend. Rentals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, six days a week (closed Tuesdays) at the Estacada Lake boat ramp.
“We want to make paddle sports accessible to as many people as possible,” said Guy Rodrigue, park manager of Milo McIver. “Estacada Lake is a perfect setting for beginners and anyone with mobility challenges. The water is calm, and an ADA accessible kayak launch provides easier access.”
Clackamas River Outfitters (CRO) of Estacada will rent several types of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Costs range from $20 for the first hour to $65 for a full day. CRO also offers whitewater kayak rentals, floating tubes, guided paddleboard tours and one-on-one and group lessons. Details are at clackamasriveroutfitters.com, or call 503-341-4268.
Estacada Lake refers to the calm section of the Clackamas River formed by River Mill Dam. Paddlers have access to two miles of forest-lined river that extends into a deep canyon with waterfalls pouring in from the sides. It’s not uncommon to spot osprey, eagles and other wildlife from the river.
Located less than 30 miles east of Portland, Milo McIver’s 950 acres offer a bit of everything — camping, picnicking, hiking and equestrian trails, a world-renowned disc golf course, fishing and both flatwater and whitewater recreation. Milo McIver is one of several state parks that offer water sport rentals.