Just a short drive from Portland, Milo McIver State Park contains a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, horseback riding, disc golfing, and fishing. Estacada Lake is located near the center of Milo McIver State Park, which makes it easily accessible via the main road. There's a dual-lane, concrete boat ramp available at the northern end of the lake that's free to guests.
This lake is lined with gorgeous sycamore trees, initially planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Make sure to have an up to date boat license before hitting the water to avoid arousing the ire of the park authorities. Dogs are welcome on watercraft at their owners' discretion but are required to wear some sort of safety vest.
Milo McIver State Park also offers camping with 44 traditional tent sites, all of which contain water and electric connections if you've traveled here the to park in a recreational vehicle. Nine primitive sites are offered free of charge for backpackers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Hot showers and full flush toilet are located at several areas adjacent to these sites.
For group outings, there are three reservable large tent areas that come complete with water, electric, and two concrete parking pads. Feel free to bring your dog along overnight, provided they're well behaved. The Clackamas River has excellent kayaking and rafting throughout the warmer months, offering Class I rapids. These rapids are lovely for individuals new to whitewater riding and are looking to explore the sport.
Guided tours are available through the park's central offices for an additional fee, or you can try your luck solo on a rented kayak or raft. Canines are unfortunately barred from the rapids for their safety. As in any public place, canine behavior should always be a concern. Make sure to use your best judgment when considering bringing a pet along for any park visit, and bring all necessary items to do so.