North Santiam State Recreation Area

Near Salem, Oregon, United States

Park Overview

North Santiam State Park plays host to some of the most beautiful riverfront in the area. It is one of the finest steelhead fishing spots on the North Santiam River. The park features primitive campground and day-use area with drinking fountain and restroom facilities. Picnic tables dot the grass, making North Santiam State Park a great place to stop to stretch and eat a picnic lunch. Hiking trails show the beauty of the large old-growth trees and the river.

Park Amenities

  • Campground with nine walk-in, boat-in tent sites (available first-come, first-served May 1 - Sept. 30) CLOSED
  • Easy river access for boating, fishing and swimming
  • 2.4 miles of trails
  • Reservable group picnic area with shelter CLOSED
  • 10 picnic sites
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Universal Access: One campsite is accessible to campers with disabilities.
Effective May 6, 2021
 Campground is closed until further notice due to wildfire damage. 
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round mdi-tent Open for camping May 1 – Sep 30 mdi-car-side First-come, first-served camping mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 503-881-9038
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Amenities & Features


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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.

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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.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ


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.

Brochures and Maps

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