Santiam, Middle, Oregon, US
1. Sheep Creek Rd to Green Peter Reservoir
||III-IV(V) (for normal flows)
The gauge only reads in feet, and this section is not commonly done so data points are few.
If you do the run please report in the comments. If flows are below 3.5' use the lower
put in unless you are ok with scraping.
Here is a link showing inflow to Green Peter
Reservoir, if you subtract the Quarztville flow it is possible to get
a ballpark on what is flowing down the Middle Santiam.
This is a unique and remote wilderness run with class III/IV and a couple harder rapids (both can
be avoided) that can be done as an overnight. Requires a paddle out on Green Peter Reservoir.
Trip Report from Into
the Outside on the low end of the range.
Take Out: Drive up the Quartzville access road 5.1 miles after turning off
Hwy 20. Turn right and drive over the Green Peter Dam. After crossing the
dam turn left and attempt to drive upstream 13.2 miles to a bridge over the Middle Santiam (stay
on the main road and left at 5.1 and 6.5, then right at 7.1 after which you stay left along the
reservoir ). If you are stopped short, there is another bridge at 9.3 miles over an
arm of the reservoir that will save a lot of flat water paddling.
If you are stopped even short of that, return to the dam and drive upstream on Quartzville Dr 6.1
miles to Whitcomb Creek Park. This park has a boat ramp that is the conventional take
out. It is six miles of paddling along the reservoir to reach this take
Put In: Return to Hwy 20 and drive east about 24 miles to NF
2047/Sheep Creek Rd where you turn left. Follow this road 8.7 miles to a bridge over
the Middle Santiam (stay right at 0.3, left at 0.4, center/main at 2.3, right but not hard right
at 3.6, then stay left just after, right at 5.9, 7.9 and 8.4).
A shorter section requiring a hike in is described here.
The directions for putting in lower are described here, both options described
on that page work for boating. The first option puts you in near Shedd Camp Shelter and the
second further downstream near the confluence with Pyramid Creek.
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Last Updated: 2016-10-12 19:46:44