This is a beautiful section of river just downstream of Big Cliff Dam with two rapids of note. The Narrows is encountered within the first mile and can be scouted on river right. Niagara is a narrow slot further downstream that can be scouted from Niagara County Park. Just prior to the take-out the river pours over a deadly fish collection dam that must be portaged on the right.
A river description and photos are available from Oregon Kayaking.
This dam forms an extreme hazard just before the take-out and can be portaged on river right.
The log in the previous comment is gone.
Keep an eye out for wood in the boulder gardens leading up to where the river pinches down at Niagara, there were a few large pieces strewn about that appeared mobile.
4 years ago
by Jeff COchran
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Put in off the road
Narrows - Top Move
Typical North Santiam
Portaging the Narrows
Big Clif Dam put-in
Big Cliff Dam
Riverboarding hydraulics in The Narrows
River boarding North Santiam Narrows
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The Army Corps of Engineers has just released a Draft Environmental Assessment to rebuild the Minto Fish Collection Facility on the North Santiam River. Most boaters know this facility as the place with the hazardous low head dam between Niagara County Park and Packsaddle County Park on the river. The project to rebuild the facility, which would keep the existing dam in place, would result in a two year closure of the river from Niagara to Packsaddle. The current proposal is to build a portage trail that would accommodate kayaks. It is unclear if this would accommodate rafts. Those who use this river are encouraged to provide public comment.
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