2022 North Santiam River ~ Fall Color Float
River: North Santiam (Packsaddle) ~ Class II/III
Contact: Scott Harvey
Trip information: Experience the beautiful fall colors on our annual N. Santiam trip. The float will be from Packsaddle to North Santiam Park. It should be High Indian Summer and a great time for a day run on the North Santiam River. We'll put in at Packsaddle, run for a couple of hours, have lunch and then finish up and take out at North Santiam State Park, which is about three leisurely, scenic miles downstream from the Fisherman's Bend, and a total of just over 12 miles. There are plenty of riffles and play spots, and only about three rapids that require much planning, although at low water levels this run can be bony. Spencer's Hole and Carnivore are the two liveliest rapids, and one needs to know where to go over the dam at Mill City to avoid the rocks. (The dam should be approached immediately to the left of a small fountain-like plume that is visible from upstream). Meeting time will be at 10 am @ North Santiam State Park (The Takeout).