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Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Located nearly 40 miles east of Salem on the North Fork of the Santiam River, Packsaddle County Park is a modest, 6-acre riverside destination.  Formed from an easement that Marion County leases from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers near Packsaddle Creek, the park features a few picnic tables, a vault toilet, some shallow waters for wading during mid-summer, and its primary function and amenity, a boat ramp.

More than anything else, Packsaddle County Park is one of the key put-in and take-out points for the North Santiam.  Drift boaters, fisherman, and kayakers who put-in here commonly make the 8-mile voyage (Class II to III+) down to Mill City, and those taking out at Packsaddle often put in at Big Cliff Dam, a 4.7-mile river journey featuring Class III-V rapids.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Ideal put-in/take-out spot for North Santiam River.

Cons

Little shoreline for basking in the sun. Too shallow for swimming. Only one picnic table.

Features

Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Picnic tables
Fishing

Location

Field Guide

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