Packsaddle County Park To Mill City

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.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the North Santiam River are between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 15,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 14181500, the North Santiam River At Niagara Remember only watercraft are permitted at Packsaddle County Park to Mill City.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Spencer's Hole
Class III- to III+
False Spencer's
Class II+ to III-
Class III to III+
Mill City Falls
Class III to III+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Fir Creek Near Brightwood
USGS 14138870
103 cfs 2.7 ft
Wiley Creek Near Foster
USGS 14187000
165 cfs 2.5 ft
North Santiam River At Niagara
USGS 14181500
3,910 cfs 5.1 ft
Thomas Creek Near Scio
USGS 14188800
892 cfs 7.2 ft
Breitenbush R Abv French Cr Nr Detroit
USGS 14179000
1,370 cfs 4.8 ft
Clackamas River Near Oregon City
USGS 14211010
4,040 cfs 26.3 ft
Zollner Creek Near Mt Angel
USGS 14201300
28 cfs 4.9 ft
Clackamas River At Estacada
USGS 14210000
3,030 cfs 13.5 ft
South Santiam River Near Foster
USGS 14187200
3,430 cfs 11.9 ft
Butte Creek At Monitor
USGS 14201500
279 cfs 7.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
2" -4"
Clackamas Lake
1" -2"
Irish Taylor
2" -1"
Mud Ridge
2" -1"
Hogg Pass
1" -1"