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 […]

Salmons Falls are shown amid post-wildfire recovery efforts. New federal money is coming to Marion County to help establish a recreation plan for the North Fork area, including parks such as Salmon Falls and Bear Creek. James Day

The $15 million that is finally showing up

In 1996 federal legislation championed by Oregon Sen. Mark Hatfield at the tail end of the Timber Wars set aside 37,500 acres of Santiam Canyon forest land for the Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation […]

Participants at an April 24 public outreach meeting on Marion County’s draft plan for restoring county parks in the Santiam Canyon crowd around the tables at the Elkhorn Fire Station. James Day

Residents skeptical of county parks plan

Santiam Canyon residents got their first look at Marion County plans for restoring and upgrading the six county parks damaged by the 2020 wildfires. Approximately 20 people turned out for a Monday, April 24 session […]