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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 you […]

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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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