North Santiam River: Packsaddle Park to Mill City

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North Santiam River: Packsaddle Park to Mill City is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gates, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and whitewater kayaking and is best used from April until October.

7.2 miles
29 feet
Point to Point

kid friendly

nature trips

paddle sports



A fun float down the North Santiam River from the Packsaddle Park to Fisherman's Bend County Park about 7 miles down the river. This is easy kayaking with Class One or Two rapids and a fun 3-4 foot small waterfall near the end of the trip you can chose to go over or walk around.

paddle sports
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Since I live at Fishermen's Bend Campground along the shore of this part of the river I get to frequent this run. It's a great run for all kinds of boaters, beginners can run it in a inner tube during late July and August, Intermediate experience with a boat in early summer and fall and only experienced kayaker's should do the river at flood levels in the winter and spring. This run has 4 rapids the first is Spencers Hole just South of Gates, a Class 3 that's fairly forgivable and should be scouted first,I wouldn't recommend a open canoe on it. Next is Mill City Falls another Class 3 that can be scouted from the Mill City bridge this fall is a simple 3' falls but warning, when the river floods it becomes a monster with a giant standing wall. Next is FishBend rapids (pictured above) a simple roller coaster ride along the park. Finally there's the rapid at Santiam State Park a 2' waterfall where there will be dozens of people sunning themselves on the rocks in the summer.

Thursday, June 30, 2016