From its headwaters in the Mt. Hood National Forest to its confluence with the Willamette River, the Clackamas River basin encompasses nearly 1,000 square miles. The river hosts threatened and endangered species, boasts numerous recreation opportunities, and provides drinking water to almost 400,000 people.
The Clackamas River Basin Council, with diverse representatives from over twenty stakeholder groups, fosters partnerships with organizations and private individuals to advocate natural resource conservation and preserve the watershed for future generations. Stakeholders include (but are not limited to) those involved in agriculture, education, fish and wildlife, hydropower, recreation, timber production, and government agencies.
- The watershed is home to the last significant run of wild late winter coho in the Columbia Basin. The wild late run Coho generally spawn on the mainstem of the Clackamas above the North Fork Reservoir.
- The watershed has one of only two remaining runs of spring chinook in the Willamette Basin. The watershed also supports a significant population of winter steelhead, cutthroat trout and native lamprey.