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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 Watershed Council

Fishing Update for the North Santiam River

Based on video mon­i­tor­ing (through mid-Novem­ber) at Upper and Low­er Ben­nett dams near Stay­ton, approx­i­mate­ly 5,200 sum­mer steel­head moved into the upper North San­ti­am this sea­son. That’s about 20 per­cent of the near­ly 25,000 sum­mer steel­head that passed the Willamette Falls this.  year Coho sea­son on the North San­ti­am from Stay­ton up to Big Cliff […]

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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 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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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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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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