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PACKSADDLE COUNTY PARK TO MILL CITY

North Santiam River - oregon
Updated June 20, 2019, 1 p.m.

Status RUNNABLE
Streamflow 1240 cfs
Average 1500 cfs
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Runnable Min 800 cfs
Runnable Max 15000 cfs
Gradient 27 FPM
Length 8 Miles
Class II+ to III+
Current Weather 64° Partly Sunny
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Streamflow Conditions

Packsaddle County Park to Mill City is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 1240cfs, about -16% below the average runnable rate of 1500cfs. Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the North Santiam River are between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 15000cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Packsaddle County Park To Mill City are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at North Santiam River At Niagara, Or.

Run Overview

This class II+ to III+ journey is accessible from 2 different boat launch points along the North Santiam River. Paddlers should prepare for the 4 class II+ to III+ whitewater rapids along this run.

One of the most popular boating trips in the state with opportunities throughout the year. Moderate flows provide a great training ground for those just learning the sport. When flows are lower kayakers flock to Spencer's Hole for park and play. At high flows this river is a fun ride for more experienced paddlers.Most of the rapids on this run are class II but with a variety of features that make it a great river for skill building and instruction. Once you pass under the bridge at Gates you are approaching Spencer's Hole. This is a fun rapid but as flows drop it becomes a very popular park and play spot providing dependable playboating opportunities through the summer and fall for paddlers from throughout the region.Soon after Spencer's you will come to Carnivore which is found in the left hand channel at an island. If you are looking to avoid it you can just take the route around the right side of the island.Continuing downstream there is some more good class II as you approach the town of Mill City. When you see the bridge come into view you are nearing the take-out. Mill City Falls is just upstream of the bridge and most scout it out before the run as it is easily visible from the take-out. You can take out on river right above the falls or line up for your run and take-out on river right downstream of the old railroad bridge. Weather on the river today will be partly sunny, with a high near 64. calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Spencer's Hole Class III- to III+ 900.0 Feet
False Spencer's Class II+ to III- 860.0 Feet
Carnivore Class III to III+ 820.0 Feet
Mill City Falls Class III to III+ 800.0 Feet


Weather Overview: 64° Today, Partly Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. West northwest wind 6 to 8 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. to mostly sunny, with a high near 69. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 58° - 69°

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