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Where Do You Find Steelhead in the Pacific Ocean?

Young win­ter steel­head fry, fresh­ly hatched in the cold waters of the the North San­ti­am Riv­er, face a long and har­row­ing jour­ney that takes them to the sea and back. In spring through ear­ly sum­mer of their sec­ond year, steel­head smolts from the North San­ti­am Riv­er enter the sea and move direct­ly off­shore. Beyond that, […]

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Winter Steelhead of the North Santiam River

As win­ter gives way to the cold rains of spring in the North San­ti­am Canyon, new­ly hatched steel­head fry begin to wrig­gle their way to the sur­face of their grav­el nest. In the cold waters of a trib­u­tary stream above the North San­ti­am Riv­er, their stream, they face a long and har­row­ing jour­ney that will […]

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North Santiam River Report January 1, 2013

The North San­ti­am Riv­er lev­el is drop­ping and the water is cold. Clar­i­ty is tol­er­a­ble. Some new steel­head are com­ing upstream, and we now have 412 fresh steel­head in the riv­er sys­tem plus quite a few left over sum­mer steel­head, some of which are still good and some of which should be returned to the […]

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Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe is a Parasitic Plant of Trees and Fungus

On a recent hike along Pamil­ia Creek, I came across this clump of Indi­an Pipe grow­ing under a dense stand of large Dou­glas fir.  It caught my eye, because even though it’s a herba­ceous plant, it looks more like a fun­gus. In fact, I always assumed Indi­an Pipe, like many fun­gi, lived off of the […]

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North Santian River Report

North Santiam River Report, October 1, 2012

Chan­nel Changes: Shel­burn to Green’s Bridge The last high water events had a favor­able result in the two mile sec­tion of mov­ing log­jams between Shel­burn and Green’s Bridge. Two upper entrances to the South chan­nel have been par­tial­ly blocked by trees and grav­el bars.  Now the entrance to that chan­nel is easy to nego­ti­ate. The […]

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Devil's Club

Devil’s Club Decorates Old Growth Forests in Late Summer

Dev­il’s club or dev­il’s walk­ing stick is a large shrub native to the cool moist conifer forests.  It is found from  Alas­ka to west­ern Ore­gon and east­ward to west­ern Alber­ta and Mon­tana. This native shrub always catch­es my eye in the late sum­mer.  Those clus­ters of showy red berries remind me of Christ­mas.   I’ve […]

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North Santian River Report

North Santiam River Report for September 12, 2012

Watch­ing salmon spawn is not nec­es­sar­i­ly voyeurism. Sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly, it is an inter­est­ing process and if we under­stand it we are able to help the salmon be more suc­cess­ful with their repro­duc­tion and also to be more suc­cess­ful with our fish­ing tech­niques. Some of the salmon start­ed spawn­ing the last week of August and the first […]

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North Santian River Report

Fishing Conditions on the North Santiam, August 23, 2012

Riv­er flows vol­umes are excel­lent right now , cur­rent­ly around 1,160 cfs at Mehama on the North Fork with good vis­i­bil­i­ty.  Con­di­tions are expect­ed to stay at these lev­els for the next week.  Most of the salmon and steel­head have moved into the upper riv­er.  Based on video mon­i­tor­ing at Ben­nett dam near Stay­ton, approx­i­mate­ly […]

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North Santiam River at Niagara

North Santiam River Report August 13, 2012

The weath­er has been great, and is like­ly to con­tin­ue. Water tem­per­a­ture is in the mid-fifties both going into and com­ing out of Detroit Lake. Nia­gara water has been between 56 and 59 degrees, tol­er­a­ble for steel­head and salmon. Water tem­per­a­ture at Green’s Bridge has been between 64 and 71, much too warm for sport­ing […]

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Find out where hatchery trout are released in the North Santiam Watershed

The Ore­gon Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife stocks hatch­ery reared trout at many loca­tions in the North San­ti­am Canyon. Click on any of the fish icons shown on the fol­low­ing map to learn a lit­tle more about the loca­tions that receive hatch­ery trout. View ODFW trout stock­ing sites in a larg­er map

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