Santiam, N., Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||67 fpm|
|NO SANTIAM R BLW BOULDER CRK, NR DETROIT, OR|
|usgs-14178000||1000 - 2500 cfs||III-IV||01h25m||595 cfs (too low)|
The Bruno Mt. section of the North Santiam is a great run, as long as the skill level of your group matches up with the flow. I would say the minimum enjoyable flow is around 1400 cfs. At this level, most of the run consists of fairly technical class III. Between 1800 and 2500cfs, this is a great III+ run, with good sized waves and LOTS of play. AS the river rises over 3000cfs, it becomes a non- stop big water run with some big holes and an abundance of catch on the fly surf waves. It's still not very difficult at this level, but eddies are very scarce, so a swim could last a very long time. This section never really washes out. It just keeps getting bigger and faster.
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