Difficulty II-III
Length 10 Miles
Gauge LITTLE NORTH SANTIAM RIVER NEAR MEHAMA, OR
Flow Range 750 - 2500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 90.3 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/04/2019 7:53 pm

River Description



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.

Additional References
Full description in Soggy Sneakers.

Rapid Descriptions

Troll's Teeth

Class - IV Mile - 3.8

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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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

6/10/2019
Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.

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