1. Improving visitor experiences
  2. Communicating river conditions and hazards
  3. Reducing river congestion
  4. Encouraging river stewardship and safety
  5. Connecting visitors to the abundance of recreation services in the Clackamas River region


After two seasons of refining River Ambassador work around a land shift (information tent, similar to Trailhead Ambassadors) and getting direct feedback from volunteers and land managers, we are shifting to a three-pronged approach to increase our direct messaging and actions around stewardship. We have added two new options that allow experienced boaters to volunteer on the water. 

  1. Land Shift – staff a pristine riverside information station at McIver, Barton, Carver, Riverside, or Clackamette Park. Conduct water quality monitoring, watch for wildlife, share info!
  2. Water Shift – set out on your own craft and fly the River Ambassador and We Love Clean Rivers flags. Post up on a beach, set up the canopy tent, watch for more wildlife, share info!
  3. DIY Cleanup mission – organise your own cleanup on a section of the Clackamas and report your findings. See example trip report and photo below. 


  • NEW Clackamas Water Trail map and information website – thanks to River Ambassador stakeholder and sponsor, Clackamas River Water Providers, a new online map and information website has been created. Much of the information that is conveyed by River Ambassadors will now be available 24-7, and with a beautiful interactive map. 
  • Sign up for yourself or a group! Select land or water shifts (note: water shifts require you to be a proficient paddler or with one and all of your own gear). 
  • Make the timing work for you with DIY cleanups (you organize on your own time and at your own risk). We are simply asking people to sign up through a google map (like true DIY, this is a scrappy way to organize), with simple upload instructions for a trip report and/or photos. 
  • Land and Water shifts will be scheduled for targeted peak-use Saturdays between the 4th of July and Labor Day (explore Eventbrite registration page for volunteer opportunities). 
  • A celebration for all River Ambassadors will be held at the Cookout following the Down The River Cleanup on September 11th, 2022.
  • Feel free to email info@welovecleanrivers.org with questions, or sing up now and we will keep you posted on training sessions, sign-up schedule, etc.


We Love Clean Rivers
DIY Cleanup Trip Report
Clackamas River, Barton to Carver section
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
2 hours
Avg. 4519 cubic feet per second (cfs) from 1:00-3pm, rising from 4370 to 4610 cfs during the trip
56 degrees fahrenheit
Clear to 3 feet
65 degrees fahrenheit
Dynamic clouds (cumulous), big swaths of blue, small shower at end of trip
Clean (see photo album)
We saw a piece of vegetation or a ribbon/webbing of some sort, but could not ID or stop (in middle of swift channel rapid); teen raft identified a tire buried in mud near where they pulled out (putting on map)
Swift water, cold, numerous trees (strainers) in popular rapids along outer shore (outside of bends generally).
Scotch Brome, Blackberry galore, knotweed?
Perfect trip!

River Ambassador Qualifications

River Ambassador Benefits

Keeping volunteers safe is our first priority - if you have questions about our COVID-19 safety precautions, feel free to contact us at info@welovecleanrivers.org.

We Love Clean Rivers is grateful for our strong partners in developing the River Ambassadors Program


The River Ambassadors are funded in part by Clackamas River Water Providers, Mt. Hood Territory, Travel Oregon, and We Love Clean Rivers.