In this day and age, it’s not often a destination can be accurately described as “under the radar.” But that’s just what’s happening with the Santiam River, home to epic whitewater tours and rentals through eNRG Kayaking.
The outfitter, with an office in Mill City, offers two whitewater rafting and inflatable kayaking tours of the Santiam River.
Paddlers can choose among two tours, depending on their experience and appetite for thrills. One tour, suited to beginners and those seeking a relaxing float, follows a scenic, seven-mile section of the Santiam River, with Class I-II+ rapids. For more adrenaline-fueled adventure, eNRG’S whitewater tour covers about six miles while traversing a series of Class II+ and Class III rapids.
No matter the tour, all gear is included—including paddles, life jackets, and helmets; wetsuits, dry suits, and other gear is available upon request. And those with previous whitewater experience can rent rafts and kayaks for exploring the Santiam River on their own.
Whichever you choose, chances are good you’ll have the river to yourself. Browning says that eNRG is one of a couple outfitters running the Santiam River—and that solitude helps paddlers connect with what makes the river so special. “It’s a lot more personal, quiet, and scenic,” he says of the experience. “You’re not in the hustle and bustle. You’re not on this big, crazy train of rafts going down the river.”