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Oregon whitewater, Santiam River - North

Marion Linn county, Packsaddle Park to Mill City section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+     8 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The scenic beauty of Marion/ Linn County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Albany-Lebanon, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Some people prefer whitewater
    rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature
are great reasons to come. The beautiful Central Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Packsaddle Park to Mill City section is just one of them. This stretch of Santiam River - North is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III+ section. There arenít any hotels right  
nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Snow Peak Mill City Trail; sites like North Santiam State Park are fine to pop by. Life's too short to enjoy all the enjoyable things in the Central Cascade Range. You'll meet a lot of folks from Mill City here; Santiam River - North is right by the Crabtree Lake Trail. This river is a great place to visit. The high level of rainfall makes Santiam River - North a rather wet place.

Santiam River - North, Packsaddle Park to Mill City road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Santiam River - North.
 Whitewater Near Santiam River - North:
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)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.2 miles long (Below Thomas Creek Falls to Log Bridge)
Santiam River - Little North, Marion County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Salmon Falls to Elkhorn Park)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 9.6 miles long (Log Bridge to Hannah Bridge)
Canal Creek, Linn County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.2 miles long (1.2 mi above Quartzville Creek)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.7 miles long (Big Cliff Dam to Packsaddle Park)
Elkhorn Creek, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (to confluence with Little North Santiam)
Mollala River - South Fork, Clackamas County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Copper Creek to Molalla River)
Abiqua Creek, Marion County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Abiqua Falls to Abiqua Road)
 Ski Areas Near Santiam River - North:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 42 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 54 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 57 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 60 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 63 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 64 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 66 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Santiam River - North:
Detroit Lake Marina, Detroit , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Santiam River - North:
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Sublimity , 25 miles away
Canby Country Inn, Canby , 31 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Rivershore Hotel, Oregon City , 32 miles away
Holiday Inn Express PORTLAND SE - CLACKAMAS AREA, Gladstone , 33 miles away
Clackamas Inn And Suites, Clackamas , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Santiam River - North:
Elkhorn Valley, Mill City, 4 miles away
Little North Santiam River Special Recreation Management Area, Gates, 5 miles away
Cascade Sports Camp, Lyons, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Santiam River - North:
Crabtree Lake Trail, Linn , 8 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 491 feet elevation difference
Snow Peak Mill City Trail, Linn , 10 miles away, 3.2 hiking miles, 1142 feet elevation difference
Pine Crest Trail, Clackamas , 12 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 783 feet elevation difference
Minniece Point Trail, Linn , 13 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 2044 feet elevation difference
Rocky Top Trail, Marion , 14 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 526 feet elevation difference
Volcano Trail, Linn , 14 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 1090 feet elevation difference
Baty Silver King Trail, Clackamas , 15 miles away, 1 hiking miles, 335 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Santiam River - North:
North Santiam State Park, Oregon , 10 miles away
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
Cascadia State Park, Oregon , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Santiam River - North:
Elkhorn Valley Golf Course, Lyons , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Santiam River - North
Indian Prairie Lake, Linn , 11 miles away
Detroit Lake, Linn , 13 miles away
Green Peter Lake, Linn , 17 miles away

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