North Santiam River Bruno Mountain Road to Detroit Lake

Detroit, Oregon

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With its headwaters in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, this upper stretch of the North Santiam River is usually runnable from the time the snow begins to melt (usually late March or early April) until late spring. It may also be runnable after several days of hard rain during the fall or winter. It is not uncommon to tramp through snow at the put-in. In any season, the water is always very cold. Boaters find a continuous gradient that offers constant action throughout the run. Play spots are abundant. At 1700 cfs, the river is not very technical, but eddies are small. At 1300 cfs, the drops become more technical but eddies are more numerous. On a clear day, spectacular views of Mount Jefferson reward boaters who turn around and look upstream. Character: forested.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

With its headwaters in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, this upper stretch of the North Santiam River is usually runnable from the time the snow begins to melt (usually late March or early April) until late spring. It may also be runnable after several days of hard rain during the fall or winter. It is not uncommon to tramp through snow at the put-in. In any season, the water is always very cold.

Boaters find a continuous gradient that offers constant action throughout the run. Play spots are abundant. At 1700 cfs, the river is not very technical, but eddies are small. At 1300 cfs, the drops become more technical but eddies are more numerous. On a clear day, spectacular views of Mount Jefferson reward boaters who turn around and look upstream. Character: forested.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Detroit
Distance: 7
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 1000 cfs; 1700 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to North Santiam River: Bruno Mountain Road to Detroit Lake

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May 2018