This is primarily a class II run with the exception of a couple class IIIs and Troll’s Teeth, a class IV boulder garden at normal flows. Good surf and play can be found throughout the run.
The put-in is at the BLM Elkhorn Valley Recreation Site, open from mid-May to late-September. If you are here earlier than this, the gate will be locked and you will need to walk your boats into the campground. There is a put-in trail at the first campground registration sign. If you want to get the couple of class IIIs above that, you’ll need to walk in a bit further. After mid-May you can drive in and a day use charge of $5 will be charged.
A good take-out is at North Fork Park, 2 miles from Oregon 22. It is a county park open from May 1-October 31 and charges $5 for day-use. If you are parking here before May, find parking on the road where the signs allow. Alternatively, continue 2 miles to the boat ramp under the Lyons/Mehama bridge.
Full description in Soggy Sneakers.
By far the most difficult rapid on this run, there are multiple routes through the boulder garden. The most difficult part is at the bottom of the rapid and should be scouted on river left.
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Typical character of Little North Santiam
on Santiam, Little North @5. Elkhorn Valley Campground to N. Santiam River
Class III below Troll's Teeth
The bottom of Troll's Teeth
Halfway down Troll's Teeth
Entrance to Troll's Teeth
Rapid above Troll's Teeth
Little North Santiam
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