Clackamas River Corridor Strategic Plan

In 2020, Mt. Hood National Forest experienced catastrophic wildfire that damaged forest infrastructure, recreation sites, and roads along the Clackamas River corridor.  While there is a critical need to restore and rebuild damaged infrastructure, there is also an opportunity to rethink and enhance the recreational and travel experience in these areas.

The Forest, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, is undergoing strategic planning for recreation and transportation along the Clackamas River Hwy. 224 corridor. The Clackamas River Corridor Strategic Plan builds on post-wildfire assessments using feedback from tribes and community members on their vision for the future of the corridor, as well as public workshops and interviews conducted in the spring and summer of 2023. The project focuses on five heavily-impacted campgounds (Roaring River, Fish Creek, Lazy Bend, Sunstrip, and Indian Henry) and more broadly on the 19-miles between the Forest boundary and Forest Road 57.

The goals of this strategic planning process are to:

  • Identify opportunities and constraints to user experience along the Clackamas River corridor
  • Engage with tribes and community members to define the desired future conditions and vision for the corridor
  • Synthesize available data and community feedback to inform necessary improvements at five heavily impacted recreation sites and along the corridor
  • Develop a Site Improvement Implementation Plan for repairing and reopening the targeted five recreation sites and summarize community feedback received to support additional corridor master planning

Thanks for your Feedback!

Thanks to those who shared their experience, perspectives, and input during Clackamas River Corridor Strategic Plan community workshops and surveys.  Read the summarized feedback below. The Forest Service will incorporate this to shape and guide the upcoming campground design phase.

Next Steps

The next step is the formal design phase for the five heavily-impacted sites. The Forest is working to ensure preliminary campground designs align with the desires and needs of the community, resulting in a more inclusive and more effective final design.  The design should be completed by Summer 2024 with construction beginning shortly afterwards.

Stay Informed

Stay tuned for more updates, or for specific questions contact Project Manager Bill Conroy or Fed. Highways Administration Project Manager Jamie Lemon.

Project Documents