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Oregon whitewater, Santiam River - South

Linn county, Mountain House to Foster Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V+     16.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The Mountain House to Foster Reservoir section of Santiam River - South in Oregon is 16.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-V+ section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Linn County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. The starting
    point is not too far from Albany-Lebanon, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beauty of the Central Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. You can enjoy this section
more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Mountain House to Foster Reservoir section is just one of many. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. 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. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Cascadia State Park is a wonderful place; you can have a glorious hiking adventure along the Gold Hill Trail. So many exciting things in the Central Cascade Range, just remarkable. Upper Soda Falls is a good local attraction, and this is a popular site for folks from Cascadia. This is such a wonderful river. Put some time aside to spend at Moose Creek Falls if you're here at Santiam River - South.

Santiam River - South, Mountain House to Foster Reservoir 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 - South.
 Whitewater Near Santiam River - South:
Wiley Creek, Linn County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Above Wiley Creek Gorge to Little Wiley Creek Confluence)
Canyon Creek, -blank- County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 7 miles long (7 Mile Bridge to South Santiam River)
Santiam River - Middle, Linn County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Green Peter Dam to Foster Reservoir)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (22 miles above Holley to 13 Mile Bridge)
Santiam River - South, Linn County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 16.5 miles long (Mountain House to Foster Reservoir)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 9.5 miles long (13 miles above Holley to Concrete Bridge)
Canal Creek, Linn County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.2 miles long (1.2 mi above Quartzville Creek)
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.2 miles long (Below Thomas Creek Falls to Log Bridge)
Crabtree Creek, Linn County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Snow Peak Camp to Larwood Park)
Quartzville Creek, Linn County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Above Gregg Creek to Green Peter Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Santiam River - South:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 40 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 49 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 57 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 65 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 68 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 71 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 76 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Santiam River - South:
Edgewater RV Resort and Marina, Sweet Home , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Santiam River - South:
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Sublimity , 32 miles away
Best Western Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 33 miles away
Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn, Lebanon , 33 miles away
Travelodge Pioneer Villa, Halsey , 42 miles away
Broadway Inn Downtown, Eugene , 43 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Santiam River - South:
Cascadia State Park, Cascadia, 3 miles away
Whitcomb Creek County Park, Cascadia, 6 miles away
Longbow Group Camp, Cascadia, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Santiam River - South:
Gold Hill Trail, Linn , 11 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1073 feet elevation difference
Michigan Heights Trail, Lane , 12 miles away, 3 hiking miles, 2179 feet elevation difference
Crabtree Lake Trail, Linn , 12 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 491 feet elevation difference
Snow Peak Mill City Trail, Linn , 14 miles away, 3.2 hiking miles, 1142 feet elevation difference
Three Creek Trail, Linn , 15 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 2298 feet elevation difference
Chimney Peak Trail, Linn , 15 miles away,  19 hiking miles, 2987 feet elevation difference
Minniece Point Trail, Linn , 15 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 2044 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Santiam River - South:
Cascadia State Park, Oregon , 2 miles away
North Santiam State Park, Oregon , 22 miles away
Willamette National Forest, Oregon , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Santiam River - South:
Golf Oregon, Vida , 14 miles away
McKenzie River Golf Course, Walterville , 19 miles away
Tokatee Golf Club, Blue River , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Santiam River - South
Green Peter Lake, Linn , 7 miles away
Blue River Lake, Lane , 14 miles away
Indian Prairie Lake, Linn , 15 miles away

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