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Oregon whitewater, Elkhorn Creek

to confluence with Little North Santiam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     10 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Albany-Lebanon, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The nature scenery of -blank- County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The to confluence with Little North Santiam section of Elkhorn Creek in Oregon is 10 miles long and it is classified as a class III-V section
    by American Whitewater. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the to confluence with Little North Santiam section is one of them. The beautiful Central Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. There's
camping available near Elkhorn Creek. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Oregon tend to be more challenging than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not  
make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Put some time aside to spend at Silver King Falls while you're here at Elkhorn Creek. Going to Detroit Lake State Park in close proximity to Elkhorn Creek is a great thing to do, and going for a hike on the Baty Silver King Trail is always a tremendous adventure. This river is so wonderful. There are plenty of folks from Gates here at Elkhorn Creek; nearby you find the Rocky Top Trail which is a great hiking trail.

Elkhorn Creek, to confluence with Little North Santiam road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Elkhorn Creek.
 Whitewater Near Elkhorn Creek:
Santiam River - Little North, Marion County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Salmon Falls to Elkhorn Park)
Elkhorn Creek, -blank- County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (to confluence with Little North Santiam)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8 miles long (Packsaddle Park to Mill City)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.7 miles long (Big Cliff Dam to Packsaddle Park)
Mollala River - South Fork, Clackamas County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Copper Creek to Molalla River)
Santiam River - Little North, Marion County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Elkhorn Valley Campground to North Santiam River)
Canal Creek, Linn County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.2 miles long (1.2 mi above Quartzville Creek)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.2 miles long (Below Thomas Creek Falls to Log Bridge)
Quartzville Creek, Linn County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Above Gregg Creek to Green Peter Reservoir)
Mollala River - North Fork, Clackamas County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Dead Horse Canyon Creek Bridge to Mollola River)
 Ski Areas Near Elkhorn Creek:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 38 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 47 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 50 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 53 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 59 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 61 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 63 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Marinas Near Elkhorn Creek:
Detroit Lake Marina, Detroit , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Elkhorn Creek:
Best Western Sandy Inn, Sandy , 29 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Sublimity , 32 miles away
Holiday Inn Express PORTLAND SE - CLACKAMAS AREA, Gladstone , 33 miles away
Best Western Plus Rivershore Hotel, Oregon City , 33 miles away
Canby Country Inn, Canby , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elkhorn Creek:
Shady Cove, Gates, 3 miles away
Cascade Sports Camp, Lyons, 3 miles away
Little North Santiam River Special Recreation Management Area, Gates, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Elkhorn Creek:
Rocky Top Trail, Marion , 8 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 526 feet elevation difference
Baty Silver King Trail, Clackamas , 8 miles away, 1 hiking miles, 335 feet elevation difference
Pine Crest Trail, Clackamas , 10 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 783 feet elevation difference
Nohorn Trail, Clackamas , 10 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 472 feet elevation difference
Volcano Trail, Linn , 10 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 1090 feet elevation difference
Beachie Trail, Marion , 11 miles away,  13.4 hiking miles, 1518 feet elevation difference
Minniece Point Trail, Linn , 11 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 2044 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Elkhorn Creek:
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 12 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 12 miles away
North Santiam State Park, Oregon , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elkhorn Creek:
Elkhorn Valley Golf Course, Lyons , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Elkhorn Creek
Detroit Lake, Linn , 8 miles away
Cougar Lake, Clackamas , 12 miles away
Williams Lake, Clackamas , 15 miles away

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