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North Santiam River - oregon
20th of April
Streamflow 4040 cfs
Average 1500 cfs
Runnable Min 800 cfs
Runnable Max 3000 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 7 Miles
Class II- to II
Current Weather 61° Rain Likely


Mill City to Mehama is currently TOO HIGH to be paddled with large holes and dangerous drops. We don't recommended paddling Mill City To Mehama today. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 4040cfs, about 169% above the average runnable rate of 1500cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the North Santiam River between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 3000cfs.

This class II- to II journey is accessible from Access - Mill City along the North Santiam River. Paddlers should prepare for some fun paddling along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Mill City To Mehama are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at North Santiam River At Niagara, Or.

This "lower" run has less whitewater, more houses, and more people (during the summer) than the run upstream (Packsaddle Park to Mill City).  The river takes on a more urban feel here and the lack of any "major" rapids makes this a common training ground for up and coming Kayakers, open canoists, and families looking for a summer float. Weather on the river today will be rain likely, mainly after 11am. mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. chance of precipitation is 70%. new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 68% Above Average

With a 4040cfs streamflow rate, Mill City To Mehama is currently above its 2408cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 68%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 1050cfs in 2015, and a high of 5290cfs seen in 2012. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 14181500

Hourly Forecast: 61° Today, Rain Likely

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 59. Northwest wind 5 to 13 mph. to a chance of showers. partly sunny, with a high near 69. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 59° - 69°

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS66 KPQR 190933 AFDPQR Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Portland OR 229 AM PDT Fri Apr 19 2019 .SYNOPSIS...A weak front will bring light rain and cooler weather Friday. An upper level ridge will bring mainly dry and gradually warmer weather over the weekend. && .SHORT TERM...Today through Sunday...Main change is slower progression of front into our area. The front that was to bring rain to much of the area by early this morning remains offshore, delayed by a broad upper ridge over the west coast, the upper trough offshore digging slightly and orienting the front slightly more south-north. Also the wind flow is nearly parallel to the front resulting in less eastward push. The result will be later arrival and longer duration in the forecast area. Radar show spotty light rain reaching the WA coast and should spread across the north OR coast by mid morning. Looks like the interior will see rain through the afternoon and decreasing from north to south tonight, exiting the Lane county Cascades Sat morning. Rainfall amounts will be modest with this front, 0.1" to 0.2" in the lowlands and 0.3" to 0.4" for the mountains through early Sat. Temperaturewise, today will also be mostly cloudy and noticeably cooler, about 10-15 degrees off Thu high temps for much of the interior lowlands. The trend will be toward dry weather Sun as an upper level ridge builds over the NE Pacific. There may be some clouds around to start the day, but expect plenty of sun by the afternoon. Coastal areas may have shallow marine clouds linger through the afternoon. Temps over the weekend should be a few degrees above seasonal averages, with highs over the interior lowlands reaching into the mid 60s. /mh Pyle .LONG TERM...No Changes. Previous discussion follows...Sunday night through Thursday...Models are in general agreement shortwave ridging will push over the Pacific Northwest Sunday night and Monday and slowly transition eastward towards the Rocky Mountain states through the week. This will generally lead to dry and mild weather next week, but increasing southwesterly flow aloft should eventually open the door ...

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