News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

Marion County parks supervisor Kevin Thompson is shown in front of the Little North Santiam River at North Fork Park. The facility (and river access) will become available May 15. James Day

Tour shows promise of Canyon parks

Marion County is getting ready for the great reveal of its under-restoration Santiam Canyon-area parks. The seven parks, North Fork, Bear Creek and Salmon Falls in the North Fork/Elkhorn area and Niagara, Packsaddle, Minto and […]

Here is a look at 2020 wildfire damage at Salmon Falls County Park. Marion County officials say that the park likely will not be ready for day use until at least the summer of 2025. James Day

County parks get set to reopen

A pair of Marion County parks that have been closed since the 2020 wildfires are getting set to reopen at the end of this month. North Fork, Bear Creek, Salmon Falls in the Elkhorn/North Fork […]

Nearly 100,000 overnight campers came to Detroit Lake State Recreation Area in 2023, testimony to the strength of the recreation economy in the Santiam Canyon. OREGON STATE PARKS

Campers set record at Detroit Lake

Oregon State Parks came close to a record number of visitors in 2023, with Detroit Lake State Park and Silver Falls State Park among the busiest. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department officials reported March 5 […]

Oregon Dept of Forestry

ODF seeks volunteer camp hosts for summer

The Oregon Department of Forestry is still seeking Volunteer Camp Hosts to support operations at eight campgrounds across the Tillamook, Clatsop, and Santiam State Forests for the 2024 season.  Campgrounds operate from May through October […]

Bob Welch will speak on his adventures traversing the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Scio City Hall. Photo courtesy of Bob Welch

Award-winning author visits Scio

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to hike all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, look no further than Bob Welch’s latest book, “Seven Summers (And a Few Bummers)”.  In it, Welch tells […]

Linn County Parks & Recreation

Linn County to manage camp sites

ALBANY —A project several years in the making came to fruition Tuesday morning, when Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker approved an Operating Licensing Agreement that will allow the Linn County […]