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North Santiam River at Niagara

Quick Facts About the North Santiam River

The waters of the North San­ti­am begin their jour­ney on the snowy slopes of Mount Jef­fer­son. Near­ly nine­ty miles lat­er they join the South San­ti­am. Along its jour­ney the riv­er flows past for­est and farm, field and city. Its flow is inter­rupt­ed by high wall dams and and divert­ed for irri­ga­tion, munic­i­pal use and even […]

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Watersheds of the Willamette River Basin

What is a watershed?

When we talk about a water­shed on these pages, we’re refer­ring to the land area drained by a riv­er or stream. So a “water­shed” can be the huge land area drained by the Colum­bia Riv­er or the area drained by the Willamette Riv­er.  A water­shed can be the 766 square miles drained by the North […]

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Detroit Dam

The Detroit and Big Cliff Dams

The decade of the 1930’s was an era of large gov­ern­ment build­ing projects.  Many under­tak­en to counter the eco­nom­ic hard­ships of the Great Depres­sion.  The 1930’s also saw the pop­u­la­tion and indus­tri­al devel­op­ment in the North San­ti­am Canyon final­ly reach lev­els that would eco­nom­i­cal­ly jus­ti­fy a flood con­trol project.  So the Detroit Dam com­plex, which includes […]

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Visit the Marion Forks Fish Hatchery

You can learn how the Ore­gon Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife raise Chi­nook salmon and rain­bow trout at the Mar­i­on Forks Fish Hatch­ery. There’s also a large pond where vis­i­tors can feed adult rain­bow trout. The best time to vis­it is May through Octo­ber. There is camp­ing near­by in a U.S. For­est Ser­vice camp­grounds, but […]

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Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

Anke­ny Nation­al Wildlife Refuge is part of the San­ti­am Riv­er water­shed, lying just below the con­flu­ence where the North and South San­ti­am rivers join.  It encom­pass­es about 2,800 acres of flat to gen­tly rolling land near the con­flu­ence of the Willamette and San­ti­am rivers south of Salem, Ore­gon. Anke­ny Refuge was cre­at­ed to pro­vide vital […]

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