Floating down rivers in the Pacific Northwest is an iconic summer activity that you won't want to miss. Grab a cooler and a cord to tie your inner tube to your friends', park cars at both ends, and enjoy the views along literal 'lazy' rivers!
Barton Park to Carver Park Float, Boring, OR
The float is about 6 miles long from Barton Park to Carver Park down the Clackamas River. Depending on how fast you go & how much you stop, the float takes roughly 3-5 hours, but you can extend your experience by starting at Milo McIver. Everyone is invited to the annual "Big Float". Check out the dates for this coming summer! Distance from Vancouver: Approximately 37 min, depending on traffic.
East Fork Lewis River, WA
This float is best to be done in June or July as the river gets a little shallow in August and you may need to walk some portions. Lewisville Park to Daybreak Park is around 2 hours. Pullouts between Daybreak and La Center are rare, so if you want to do the whole thing expect to make a day out of it. Estimated float time is 7 hours. Distance from Vancouver: Approximately 1 hr 10 min, depending on traffic.
McIver to Barton, Estacada, OR
Enjoy the 3-4 hour float from McIver to Barton. While the drive to get to McIver is a little further you’ll deal with less traffic and people. There is a $5 day-use permit which you purchase at the kiosks at the front gates. Distance from Vancouver: Approximately 40 min, depending on traffic.
Dabney to Lewis and Clark or Glenn Otto, Corbett, OR
This Sandy River float actually has a couple more routes to choose from, with Dodge to Oxbow / Dabney being Class II+ rapids for the more experienced adventurers, and can range from 2-5 hours. The river speed and water level depths change quickly from beginning of summer to end and can be unpredictable from year to year. Distance from Vancouver: Approximately 30 min, depending on traffic.
Don't forget sunscreen and of course life jackets for kids and any adults who aren't confident swimmers; you're not guaranteed to stay aboard your tube the whole time! Floating alone isn't recommended!