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Oregon whitewater, Santiam River - North

Marion Linn county, Big Cliff Dam to Packsaddle Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     4.7 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Marion/ Linn County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. This stretch of Santiam River - North in Marion/ Linn County is 4.7 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-V section of whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Oregon you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. This
    is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either
way this area has a large number of paddling spots. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. If you're coming from Albany-Lebanon it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. When you're paddling down a Central Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The nearby hotels are a bit away  
from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Volcano Trail; Detroit Lake State Park is a delightful location to stretch your legs a bit. All year is a delightful time in the Central Cascade Range if you like the outdoors. The Rocky Top Trail offers hiking at its best, and if you're dropping by from Gates, you won't be the only one. This river is so perfect. When you're here at Santiam River - North it's always fun to have a look at Detroit Lake State Park.

Santiam River - North, Big Cliff Dam to Packsaddle Park 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 Santiam River - North.
 Whitewater Near Santiam River - North:
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.7 miles long (Big Cliff Dam to Packsaddle Park)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8 miles long (Packsaddle Park to Mill City)
Elkhorn Creek, -blank- County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (to confluence with Little North Santiam)
Santiam River - Little North, Marion County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Salmon Falls to Elkhorn Park)
Canal Creek, Linn County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.2 miles long (1.2 mi above Quartzville Creek)
Santiam River - Little North, Marion County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Elkhorn Valley Campground to North Santiam River)
Mollala River - South Fork, Clackamas County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Copper Creek to Molalla River)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.2 miles long (Below Thomas Creek Falls to Log Bridge)
Quartzville Creek, Linn County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Above Gregg Creek to Green Peter Reservoir)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 9.6 miles long (Log Bridge to Hannah Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Santiam River - North:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 36 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 48 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 52 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 54 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 59 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 60 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 60 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Marinas Near Santiam River - North:
Detroit Lake Marina, Detroit , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Santiam River - North:
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Sublimity , 32 miles away
Best Western Sandy Inn, Sandy , 32 miles away
Holiday Inn Express PORTLAND SE - CLACKAMAS AREA, Gladstone , 35 miles away
Best Western Plus Rivershore Hotel, Oregon City , 35 miles away
Canby Country Inn, Canby , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Santiam River - North:
Cascade Sports Camp, Lyons, 5 miles away
Little North Santiam River Special Recreation Management Area, Gates, 5 miles away
Shady Cove, Gates, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Santiam River - North:
Rocky Top Trail, Marion , 7 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 526 feet elevation difference
Volcano Trail, Linn , 8 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 1090 feet elevation difference
Minniece Point Trail, Linn , 9 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 2044 feet elevation difference
Baty Silver King Trail, Clackamas , 10 miles away, 1 hiking miles, 335 feet elevation difference
Chimney Peak Trail, Linn , 11 miles away,  19 hiking miles, 2987 feet elevation difference
French Creek Trail, Marion , 11 miles away, 8.9 hiking miles, 4067 feet elevation difference
Beachie Trail, Marion , 12 miles away,  13.4 hiking miles, 1518 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Santiam River - North:
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 11 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 12 miles away
North Santiam State Park, Oregon , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Santiam River - North:
Elkhorn Valley Golf Course, Lyons , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Santiam River - North
Detroit Lake, Linn , 6 miles away
Cougar Lake, Clackamas , 15 miles away
Indian Prairie Lake, Linn , 17 miles away

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