North Santiam State Recreation Area

Park History

The first park land was given to the state by Marion County in 1937. Later, private purchases added to the area in 1952 and 1958. Ellen B. DeWitt gave a small tract in 1965 and the State Highway Division transferred the final acreage in 1968. The Santiam River was named for the Santiam Indians, a Kalapooian tribal group that held the surrounding territory at the time of Euro-American contact.

Acreage: 150.9

Annual overnight attendance: 2,591

Annual day-use attendance: 76,580

North Santiam State Recreation Area FAQ


We didn't get a reservation for the picnic shelter. Can we use it if no one else has reserved it?

Yes, but if you want to use the power and lights, you will need to pay the usage fee of $50.

About Camping

Can I reserve a campsite at North Santiam?

No. North Santiam has nine primitive hike-in or boat-in campsites. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How many vehicles can we have when we are camping?

2 vehicles per site are allowed. Each vehicle must display the permit from the Self Registration Envelope. The first vehicle comes with the price of the site and the second vehicle is $7 per night extra.

Can we camp by the river in the park?

No. Camping is limited to the established campsites.

Statewide FAQ

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