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Oregon whitewater, Santiam River - Little North

Marion county, Salmon Falls to Elkhorn Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     6.5 miles
  The wonderful Oregon scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip. This section of Santiam River - Little North in
    Marion County is 6.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The starting location is a reasonable drive
from Albany-Lebanon, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. The beauty of the Central Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There  
are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The Salmon Falls to Elkhorn Park stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
North Santiam State Park is worth checking out if you're at Santiam River - Little North, and the Crabtree Lake Trail is a perfect hiking trail nearby. These mountains rock, just explore all the exciting stuff to do in the Central Cascade Range. While you're here at Santiam River - Little North you will meet lots of folks from close by Gates, and if the weather is good, you can go for a hike along the Pine Crest Trail.

Santiam River - Little North, Salmon Falls to Elkhorn Park road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Santiam River - Little North.
 Whitewater Near Santiam River - Little North:
Santiam River - Little North, Marion County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Salmon Falls to Elkhorn Park)
Santiam River - Little North, Marion County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Elkhorn Valley Campground to North Santiam River)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8 miles long (Packsaddle Park to Mill City)
Mollala River - South Fork, Clackamas County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Copper Creek to Molalla River)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.2 miles long (Below Thomas Creek Falls to Log Bridge)
Elkhorn Creek, -blank- County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (to confluence with Little North Santiam)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.7 miles long (Big Cliff Dam to Packsaddle Park)
Abiqua Creek, Marion County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Abiqua Falls to Abiqua Road)
Canal Creek, Linn County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.2 miles long (1.2 mi above Quartzville Creek)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 9.6 miles long (Log Bridge to Hannah Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Santiam River - Little North:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 42 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 51 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 54 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 57 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 63 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 64 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 65 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Marinas Near Santiam River - Little North:
Detroit Lake Marina, Detroit , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Santiam River - Little North:
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Sublimity , 27 miles away
Canby Country Inn, Canby , 30 miles away
BEST WESTERN Sandy Inn, Sandy , 30 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Rivershore Hotel, Oregon City , 30 miles away
Holiday Inn Express PORTLAND SE - CLACKAMAS AREA, Gladstone , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Santiam River - Little North:
Little North Santiam River Special Recreation Management Area, Gates, 2 miles away
Cascade Sports Camp, Lyons, 2 miles away
Elkhorn Valley, Mill City, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Santiam River - Little North:
Pine Crest Trail, Clackamas , 8 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 783 feet elevation difference
Crabtree Lake Trail, Linn , 12 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 491 feet elevation difference
Baty Silver King Trail, Clackamas , 12 miles away, 1 hiking miles, 335 feet elevation difference
Rocky Top Trail, Marion , 12 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 526 feet elevation difference
Snow Peak Mill City Trail, Linn , 13 miles away, 3.2 hiking miles, 1142 feet elevation difference
Nohorn Trail, Clackamas , 14 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 472 feet elevation difference
Volcano Trail, Linn , 14 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 1090 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Santiam River - Little North:
North Santiam State Park, Oregon , 12 miles away
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon , 16 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Santiam River - Little North:
Elkhorn Valley Golf Course, Lyons , 1 miles away
 Lakes Near Santiam River - Little North
Detroit Lake, Linn , 12 miles away
Indian Prairie Lake, Linn , 14 miles away
Cougar Lake, Clackamas , 15 miles away

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