North Santiam River - Packsaddle County Park to Mill City

False Spencer's

Rapid Details

Name False Spencer's
Class II+ to III-

Named such because people often confused this rapid with its big brother (Specer's Hole) downstream.  This rapid is a Class II+ at most flows, but occasionally deserves class III attention as it has several large rocks that in recent years have become a little bit harder to avoid, particularly for swimmers.

Initial run is on river right, with a move to the left to avoid two large (mostly) submerged boulders.  At some flows these boulders are submerged and just form a small hole.  After the boulders there is a diagonal ledge on the left, "T" up to it and enjoy the splash.  Not a difficult rapid, but swimmers are going to have a bad time.  200 yards downstream is Class III Spencer's Hole.


Lead in can be scouted from river left at the bend in the river preceding it with a campground.

Recommended Flows Minimum: 15000.0
Elevation 860.0 Feet
Coordinates Lat - 44.751675
Long - -122.425183

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