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

Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron, center, was one of approximately 30 residents who participated May 30 in a planning session in Gates on recreation in the Willamette National Forest. James Day

National forest planning effort stops by Gates

Approximately 30 residents participated Thursday, May 30 in a Willamette National Forest planning season on recreation.  The session, held at the Gates Fire Hall, was one of four that U.S. Forest Service officials organized as […]

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 […]