Santiam River, Lower South and Main Foster Reservoir to Willamette River

Lebanon, Oregon

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Below Foster Reservoir, the river features a low gradient and pleasant scenery in farm and grazing lands. The narrow basalt gorges and boulder gardens of the upper river are replaced with gravel bars, easier pool-drop rapids, and lazy stretches of flatwater. There are exceptions tot he rule, however, particularly Waterloo Falls. Here the river raises its loud Class IV voice one last time, giving paddlers an adrenaline rush before it calms to join the North Santiam. Foster Dam releases a minimum flow that allows year-round paddling.

Santiam River, Lower South and Main: Foster Reservoir to Willamette River Professional Review and Guide

"Below Foster Reservoir, the river features a low gradient and pleasant scenery in farm and grazing lands. The narrow basalt gorges and boulder gardens of the upper river are replaced with gravel bars, easier pool-drop rapids, and lazy stretches of flatwater.

There are exceptions tot he rule, however, particularly Waterloo Falls. Here the river raises its loud Class IV voice one last time, giving paddlers an adrenaline rush before it calms to join the North Santiam. Foster Dam releases a minimum flow that allows year-round paddling."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Lebanon
Distance: 36
Elevation Loss: 325 feet
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Class: Class I-IV
Season: October to mid-June
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Santiam River, Lower South and Main: Foster Reservoir to Willamette River

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