North Santiam River Rafting Trips

North Santiam River rafting is possibly Central Oregon and the Willamette Valley’s most popular guided river trips due to its beauty, proximity to Bend, Salem, Eugene and other Oregon cities, the variety of whitewater, and superb trout and salmon fishing.

North Santiam River rafting is an adventure with many different whitewater sections and easy access so there is something for every level of boater. There are a lot of Class II and III rapids on this section of the river. Some of the more exciting rapids that you will paddle through are Carnivore, Spenser’s Hole, Mill City Falls and many others.

Beginning on the slopes of the western Cascades, the river descends in crystal-clear torrents through lush green forests down into the Willamette Valley. Also, the mountains around the river offer some of the most scenic and varied hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

The most popular North Santiam river rafting section for whitewater boaters is the 14 miles from Packsaddle County Park to the Mehama boat ramp. The upper stretch between Big Cliff Dam and Packsaddle Park (Niagara Section) is a favorite for kayaking as it offers almost nonstop rapids.

HDRO offers a variety of guided rafting trips on the North Santiam River to suit your needs, ranging from relaxing family outings to high-adrenaline whitewater adventures. We provide wet-suits, splash jackets and booties for these trips.


Our rafts are new, state-of-the-art and equipped with all the essential river accessories that are necessary for a safe and successful trip, including life-jackets, paddles, oars, dry bags, frames, ropes, etc. In addition, we provide all the necessary permits and insurance before each trip.

Inflatable Kayaks

We offer inflatable kayaks for our customers who want the freedom and flexibility of a kayak trip. Follow (or lead) your rafting group and enjoy the river at your own pace. Kayaks are a great idea for those adventurous folks looking to brave the rapids on their own! Kayaks give you the freedom and room you need to enjoy the high-desert scenery.

Gourmet Deli Lunches

LunchRafting the river takes a lot of energy! That’s why our guides prepare all your meals (included in the price) and take care of all the clean-up afterward.

We provide our famous gourmet deli lunch that includes salads, fruit, veggies and dessert. When you’re having the time of your life, a great lunch provides the perfect mid-adventure break with your companions and fellow rafters.

North Santiam River Rafting Trips

HDRO offers the following guided rafting trips on the North Santiam River:

North Santiam Full Day Trip

N. Santiam photoPacksaddle Park to Mehama Boat Ramp- (14 miles)

Thank you for inquiring about our one day guided paddle raft adventure! North Santiam River rafting is among the Willamette Valley’s more picturesque. Your 14 mile whitewater adventure begins at Packsaddle County Park and ends at the quaint community of Mehama.

Your North Santiam River trip will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. with check-in at Packsaddle County Park, located just minutes east of Salem on Highway 22 . After a thorough on-shore training session by our knowledgeable, company certified guides, your adventure will get underway.

The North Santiam River flows out of Big Cliff Dam on the west side of the Cascade range. Surrounded by Douglas firs, vine maples, and large boulders this river is an example of classic Oregon scenery.

Glide through tranquil pools of gin-clear water where you can see the river bottom fifteen feet below. Relish in the excitment of boiling, churning whitewater with names like Spencer’s Hole, Carnivore, and Big Swirly Rapids. Feel your heart flutter as you help pilot your raft toward the six foot vertical drop of Mill City Falls. This is an exciting run for the whole family.

A classic pool and drop stream comprised of Class II, III and III+ whitewater, we think you’ll find the North Santiam rafting trip a delightful experience. At Fisherman’s Bend, we pull out for an all-you-can-eat deli lunch and assorted beverages.

The location of the North Santiam River rafting makes it a great choice for parties coming from the Central Willamette Valley, or the Central Oregon guest looking for a new adventure!

Meet us in Bend, Sisters, Black Butte Ranch, or at the river for this great full day trip!

Note: Because the North Santiam’s water temperature can be on the chilly side, High Desert River Outfitters supplies each participant with an all-weather paddle jacket and pants. These paddle jackets and pants are made from nylon-coated taffeta with neoprene cuffs and neck and drawstring closures at the waist, locking in the wearer’s body heat.

Adult: $85.00 Junior: $75.00 (14 and under)


Day Trips