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Oregon whitewater, Santiam River - South

Linn county, Foster Dam to Waterloo section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     13.8 miles
 
How long does it take to float from Sweet Home to Waterloo? Says Tina

The wonderful Oregon scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Santiam River - South have people coming here. If you're coming from Albany-Lebanon it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states,
    so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The Foster Dam to Waterloo section of Santiam River - South in Linn County is 13.8 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American
Whitewater. The wild scenery of the Central Cascade Range is great. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you  
make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The campgrounds here at Santiam River - South are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to encounter some great people from Sweet Home here. Santiam River - South sees pretty high levels of precipitation. December is when you get the most rain here, and July is the month with the least moisture. High temperatures at Santiam River - South during the warm months are in the 80's with night lows in the 50's.

Santiam River - South, Foster Dam to Waterloo 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 - South.
 Whitewater Near Santiam River - South:
Santiam River - South, Linn County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 13.8 miles long (Foster Dam to Waterloo)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Concrete Bridge above Holley to McKercher Park)
Crabtree Creek, Linn County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.5 miles long (Roaring River to South Santiam River)
Mohawk River, Lane County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (Mohawk River Road to Hileman Road)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 11 miles away
      Class I - 7 miles long (McKercher Park to Brownsville)
Crabtree Creek, Linn County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Snow Peak Camp to Larwood Park)
Santiam River - Middle, Linn County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Green Peter Dam to Foster Reservoir)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 9.5 miles long (13 miles above Holley to Concrete Bridge)
Wiley Creek, Linn County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Above Wiley Creek Gorge to Little Wiley Creek Confluence)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 9.6 miles long (Log Bridge to Hannah Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Santiam River - South:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 60 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 64 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 77 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 80 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 83 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 86 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 91 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Santiam River - South:
Edgewater RV Resort and Marina, Sweet Home , 5 miles away
 Hotels Near Santiam River - South:
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Boulder Falls Inn, Lebanon , 13 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Sublimity , 19 miles away
Travelodge Pioneer Villa, Halsey , 22 miles away
Rodeway Inn Albany, Albany , 24 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Prairie Inn, Albany , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Santiam River - South:
Holiday Mobile Park, Sweet Home, 3 miles away
Camp Koinonia, Sweet Home, 4 miles away
Premier RV Resort at Mallard Creek Golf Course, Lebanon, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Santiam River - South:
Snow Peak Mill City Trail, Linn , 16 miles away, 3.2 hiking miles, 1142 feet elevation difference
Crabtree Lake Trail, Linn , 18 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 491 feet elevation difference
Michigan Heights Trail, Lane , 19 miles away, 3 hiking miles, 2179 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Santiam River - South:
Cascadia State Park, Oregon , 19 miles away
North Santiam State Park, Oregon , 21 miles away
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Santiam River - South:
Mallard Creek Golf Course, Lebanon , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Santiam River - South
Foster Lake, Linn , 5 miles away
Green Peter Lake, Linn , 13 miles away
Indian Prairie Lake, Linn , 15 miles away

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