North Santiam River Country offers year-round outdoor recreation activities up and down Highway 22 near Salem Oregon.
Experience Oregon’s backcountry the way it was meant to be seen, with over 600 trails to choose from. Get maps at Detroit Ranger Station.
Cast your line into miles of pristine rivers, streams and lakes. Check permit requirements first.
This amazing experience awaits you at Shellburg Falls and Silver Falls State Park.
Kayak, raft, or tube — on your own or with a guide on the North Santiam River.
eNRG Kayaking – Float with a professional!
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See five covered bridges on a loop near Scio.
Challenge yourself on Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway, try Monument Peak Trail near Gates, or pick up the Timber Trail near Idanha.
Snowshoe, snowmobile or x-country ski in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains or downhill ski at Hoodoo. BYO gear.
Hoodoo Ski Area – Ski, snowboard, and tubing at Oregon’s most centrally located mountain destination for winter sports. Located near the summit of Santiam Pass.
McCoy Snowmobile Area – Catch views of the High Cascades from various places along routes in this snowmobile area.
XC Skiing/Snowshoeing – Travel through a winter wonderland by snowshoes or cross-country skiis.
Play 18 holes at Santiam or Elkhorn golf courses, or toss a disc at three scenic courses near Stayton and Sublimity.
Elkhorn Golf Course – Elkhorn offers an exquisite layout and an array of magnificent golf holes and absolutely beautiful vistas.
Santiam Golf Club – 18-hole golf course with a driving range, practice green, a pro shop, and restaurant on site.
Church Park – Decent disc golf course for beginners and some challenges for the more experienced players. Watch for walkers and joggers on the paths.
Leave your troubles behind at Breitenbush Hot Springs. Vegetarian fare, clothing optional — a true Oregon experience. But call in advance — this one sells out early.
Unplug and relax. Pitch a tent, sit by a sparkling stream, and gaze at the stars.
Discover the Cascade Mountain Range’s high peaks and spectacular views. Try Triangulation Peak or Stahlman Point trails near Detroit.
With our unlimited natural beauty, you’ll want to take pictures. Share your works of art with the world: #NorthSantiam
Detroit, Pamelia, Elk, and Marion lakes offer cool, clear waters. For all the amenities, Detroit Lake is the choice.
Enjoy your meal by the river, in the woods, or in one of many charming parks, like Aumsville Ponds, Stayton’s Pioneer Park or John Neal Memorial Park in Lyons.
Aumsville Ponds – The Aumsville Ponds site is located 1.5 miles southeast of Aumsville at the intersection of Bates and Bishop Roads.
John Neal Memorial – While camping or enjoying a picnic at John Neal, visitors can search for the park’s abundant wildlife on trails that wind through wetlands and beaver ponds.
Try geocaching, agate hunting, searching for mushrooms, or follow clues to find engraved “Detroit Rocks.”
Ride the trails near Santiam Horse Camp and in Silver Falls State Park. Make sure to BYOH! (Bring your own horse).
Make memories around a cheerful fire, with hundreds of campsites to choose from. Best to book early.
Each season brings its own beauty along scenic Highway 22, and all from your car window. Stop to stretch at Mill City’s historic railroad bridge or at many riverside parks along Hwy 22.
See our wildlife your way— from your vehicle, boat, or on foot. Bald eagles, osprey, hawks, elk and deer abound, plus Big Foot in Mill City.
Look for spectacular views of majestic Mt. Jefferson along Highway 22 between Gates and Detroit, and from many popular hiking trails.
See big trout, salmon and steelhead before they're released to the wild in fish hatcheries at Marion Forks and Roaring River (Scio).
We are the playground for your motorboat, kayak, canoe, sailboat, paddle board, and jet-ski. Find rentals in Detroit and Mill City.