We have put together a list of our 10 favorite campgrounds on the Clackamas River accompanied by ideas of things to do while you are there. So grab your swimsuits, hiking shoes or fishing pole, pack the car and head east up the Clackamas River.
So far this year's summer has been a real scorcher and the soaring temperatures has had Oregonians seeking out ways to escape from the heat. This past weekend was no different and it prompted my wife and I to get away to a mountain lake and enjoy some time in the water. The only problem was that most swimming holes in Oregon have incredibly chili water even in the dead of summer. I decided to pull out my old Oregon Swimming Holes book and find a spot we could cool off in but not freeze in our state's notoriously cold water. I also didn't want to go too far out of the way as I was looking for a day trip. Timothy Lake, Trillium Lake and many other nearby bodies of water had already been explored and I wanted something new and off the beaten path. What we found was a little treasure sitting at an elevation of about 4,000 feet called Buck Lake. Now normally if I run across a place like this I wouldn't write about it for fear of crowds ruining the charm, however, Portland Monthly already did this in a recent article so I won't feel as bad. If you are interested in visiting Buck Lake you are on your own in terms as finding it (it can be tricky).