N. Santiam photoPacksaddle Park to Mehama Boat Ramp- (14 miles)

Thank you for inquiring about our one day guided paddle raft adventure! North Santiam River rafting is among the Willamette Valley’s more picturesque. Your 14 mile whitewater adventure begins at Packsaddle County Park and ends at the quaint community of Mehama.

Your North Santiam River trip will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. with check-in at Packsaddle County Park, located just minutes east of Salem on Highway 22 . After a thorough on-shore training session by our knowledgeable, company certified guides, your adventure will get underway.

The North Santiam River flows out of Big Cliff Dam on the west side of the Cascade range. Surrounded by Douglas firs, vine maples, and large boulders this river is an example of classic Oregon scenery.

Glide through tranquil pools of gin-clear water where you can see the river bottom fifteen feet below. Relish in the excitment of boiling, churning whitewater with names like Spencer’s Hole, Carnivore, and Big Swirly Rapids. Feel your heart flutter as you help pilot your raft toward the six foot vertical drop of Mill City Falls. This is an exciting run for the whole family.

A classic pool and drop stream comprised of Class II, III and III+ whitewater, we think you’ll find the North Santiam rafting trip a delightful experience. At Fisherman’s Bend, we pull out for an all-you-can-eat deli lunch and assorted beverages.

The location of the North Santiam River rafting makes it a great choice for parties coming from the Central Willamette Valley, or the Central Oregon guest looking for a new adventure!

Meet us in Bend, Sisters, Black Butte Ranch, or at the river for this great full day trip!

Note: Because the North Santiam’s water temperature can be on the chilly side, High Desert River Outfitters supplies each participant with an all-weather paddle jacket and pants. These paddle jackets and pants are made from nylon-coated taffeta with neoprene cuffs and neck and drawstring closures at the waist, locking in the wearer’s body heat.

Cost per person per day:
Adult: $85.00
Junior: $75.00 (14 and under)