Shhhh! New camping spots open near prime steelhead fishing waters (2010)
Campsites open May 1 at North Santiam State Recreation Area
Anglers and picnickers know about “the pool.” Now you can see the prized angling spot on the North Santiam River from a campsite—one of nine tent sites you can walk or boat into.
The campsites meld with the quiet, relaxing nature of the park. Each camping “suite” is well-spaced along a tightly packed gravel path leading from the parking area to the river. Driftboat anglers will find it a perfect stop to spend the night.
The sites are first-come, first-served and cost $9 per night. Each has a picnic table, a fire ring, and a nice, flat space for a tent. The site nearest the parking area and the trail leading to it are ADA accessible.
Speaking of trails, the park now has almost 2.5 miles ready for hiking, including a 2/3 mile stretch along the river. The longest is a 1.3-mile trail around the park’s perimeter that connects a series of short loops. One loop is a new 1/2-mile segment that winds beneath towering old-growth trees with moss-draped branches.
Yes, the park is a great place for a picnic, especially for a group picnic. Reserve the Santiam Picnic Shelter by calling Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687). A few sites are on the edges of a large grassy field next to the shelter and parking area. New are two sites in small clearings in the woods and two riverside sites with views of that inviting fishing pool.
Take a look at the park brochure for a map of the campsite and trails.