Difficulty III-IV
Length 7.3 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 2500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 3 hours ago 1640 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/01/2019 8:49 pm

River Description

  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.

In the Summer, it can be run by desperate locals down to 400 cfs or so.  At that flow it is more a training run and shorter sections should be bitten off so it doesn't take all day.  It's more II-III at that flow with lots of rocks, but also some clean lines and loads of small features to practice in.

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

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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