Little North Santiam River Old Mine to Three Pools Opal Creek

Salem, Oregon

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Known to the boating community simply as Opal Creek, this section of the Little North Santiam is revered by advanced and intermediate boaters alike. This area has largely been protected from logging by old mining claims and the tireless effort of The Friends of Opal Creek and other local groups. From the beginning, boaters travel through spectacular old-growth forests, beautiful gorges, and an uncountable number of intermediate rapids with crystal clear water. The rapids are classic pool drop with small pools and numerous eddies throughout the run. This is simply one of the best intermediate runs anywhere. Character: forested; canyon.
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)

Known to the boating community simply as Opal Creek, this section of the Little North Santiam is revered by advanced and intermediate boaters alike. This area has largely been protected from logging by old mining claims and the tireless effort of The Friends of Opal Creek and other local groups.

From the beginning, boaters travel through spectacular old-growth forests, beautiful gorges, and an uncountable number of intermediate rapids with crystal clear water. The rapids are classic pool drop with small pools and numerous eddies throughout the run. This is simply one of the best intermediate runs anywhere. Character: forested; canyon.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Salem
Distance: 4
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 400–2500 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Little North Santiam River: Old Mine to Three Pools (Opal Creek)

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