North Santiam State Recreation Area

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About North Santiam State Recreation Area

In the North Cascades green is an umbrella term for a thousand distinct shades of beauty. Water rushes, pools, meanders, drops and becomes a looking glass, as fish detour around your sun-kissed toes. The North Santiam State Recreation Area is a stomping ground for adrenaline hunting white-water aficionados, early morning kayak calmness seekers, fishing pole toting Oregon steelhead experts and fresh water swimming enthusiasts. There is no shortage of aquatic adventure or hemlock and cedar soaked forest wandering. This sweet day stop or riverside campground will nestle you deep into the rhythm of the Northwest--subtle, verdant and unforgettable.

Campgrounds in North Santiam

North Santiam Campground
In quiet riverside clearings surrounded by forest foliage, are 9 walk-in/boat-in, first-come,...

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History of North Santiam State Recreation Area

The first park land was given to the state by Marion County in 1937. Later, private purchases added to the area in 1952 and 1958. Ellen B. DeWitt gave a small tract in 1965 and the State Highway Division transferred the final acreage in 1968. The Santiam River was named for the Santiam Indians, a Kalapooian tribal group that held the surrounding territory at the time of Euro-American contact.