Santiam, Middle - 1. Sheep Creek Rd to Green Peter Reservoir

Santiam, Middle, Oregon, US


1. Sheep Creek Rd to Green Peter Reservoir

Usual Difficulty III-IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 15.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 60 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14185800 3.00 - 6.00 ft III-IV(V) 00h59m 4.27 ft (running)

River Description

Gauge:  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.  The upper limit on the gauge is completely estimated, and based on a loose correlation to when Upper Quartzville starts getting higher than people typically run it.  


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 out.  
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: 2017-05-22 16:26:20

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