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Hells Canyon Shuttle, Inc
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Oxbow, OR

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Little N. Santiam - Upper Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the North Santiam River

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Little N. Santiam - Upper Info
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Put In:  Salmon Falls
Take Out:  Elkhorn Valley Rec Site
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Gradient:  30 fpm
Run Length:  6.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  955 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:15 AM - LITTLE NORTH SANTIAM RIVER NEAR MEHAMA, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  800 cfs and above
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
Primary Season: 


Permit:  None
Hazards:  The Slot Rapid becomes very difficult at flows above 1,000 cfs
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,canoe
Land Ownership:  Mixed private and public
Wilderness:  Some
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From Salem take Oregon 22 east to Mehama. When you reach the flashing light just past Mehama turn left onto North Fork Road and continue until you reach the take out at Elkhorn Valley Recreation Site.

Put In: From the take out continue upstream on North Fork Road until you reach the put in at Salmon Falls County Park just below Salmon Falls.

Little N. Santiam - Upper on the North Santiam River

The First 2.5 miles of this run are slow and very scenic class I with an occasional class II. Take time during this section to enjoy the scenery.

Mile 2.5(The Slot Rapid): The Slot itself is a very narrow canyon with a very turbulent entrance. Just above The Slot the river divides around a large gravel bar. When the river connects again it is funneled in the slot creating a very challenging class III rapid. At higher flows this rapid becomes class V.

Mile 5: Between mile 2.5 and mile 5 the river slows down and takes on a class II pool drop nature. In the last 1.5 the gradient becomes steeper and the river offers a few more fun class III rapids.

Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

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Albany Oregon
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