The South Santiam River, is a smaller river than its northern brother. It is best known for its hatchery-raised summer steelhead and the spring chinook salmon. The South Santiam is a tributary of the Santiam River, about 66 miles long in western Oregon. It drains an area of the Cascade Range into the Willametter River just north of Albany Oregon
Wild and hatchery winter steelhead run in the South Santiam from December through Mid April. Then the Summer Steelhead arrive and run through October. We do a number of winter steelhead trips on the South Santiam. Depending on water levels and the run, it can prove to be a tremendous river.
Spring Chinook enter the South Santiam in large numbers from late April through July, headed straight to for Foster Dam.