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Foster Dam to Jefferson Kayak & Canoe Touring on the Santiam River - South Fork

Foster Dam to Jefferson Info
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Put In:  Foster Dam
Take Out:  Jefferson
Difficulty:  Class I , Class II , Class IV , Portage
Gradient:  39 fpm
Run Length:  3 - 40 miles
Current Streamflow:  4670 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:48 AM - SOUTH SANTIAM RIVER NEAR FOSTER, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  900 - 3,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season:  This section runs all year long because it is Dam-controlled
Permit:  None Presently Required
Character/Similar To:  Many small riffles with calm pools seperating them.
Hazards:  Waterloo Falls is often portaged. The dam just below Waterloo Falls must be portaged, never attempt to run this dam.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,canoe,touring
Land Ownership:  Mostly Private
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In at Foster Dam: From Albany take US 20 east 1 mile past the town of Sweet Home. Put in at the park at the base of Foster Dam.

Access Point at Sweet Home: 3 miles downriver of Foster Dam there is an access point in Sweet Home. Take US 20 west to Sweet Home; take a right onto Pleasant Valley Road. The access point is at a boat ramp just below the bridge.

Access Point at Waterloo: 11 Miles downriver of Sweet Home is the next access point at Waterloo. Continue west on US 20 and turn right onto W Waterloo Road and follow the signs to Waterloo County Park. Take out on river left just above Waterloo Falls.

Access Point at Lebanon: 5 miles downriver of Waterloo is the access point in Lebanon City Park. From Waterloo return to US 20 and go west to the town of Lebanon. Once in Lebanon turn right onto E Grant Street and follow the signs to the park on the river.

Access Point at Crabtree: 11 miles downriver of Lebanon is the next access point at the Oregon 226 bridge. From the park in Lebanon return to US 20 and continue west. Turn right onto Oregon 226, the access point is below the bridge crossing over the South Santiam.

Take Out at Jefferson: From the Crabtree access point return to US 20, head west and then north onto I-5. From I-5 take the Jefferson exit and follow the signs to US 99E. The take out is at a small boat ramp 100 yards below the US 99E bridge on the river right bank.

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