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Choose Between Two Options
- $89 for a half-day whitewater-rafting trip for two (a $178 value)
- $169 for a half-day whitewater-rafting trip for four (a $356 value)
After the guide leads a 30-minute tutorial to familiarize passengers with the provided gear, up to eight rafters navigate a 2.5- to 3-hour trip down the North Santiam River. Located approximately a half-hour from Salem, the river drops 27 feet per mile as it races along the Cascade Mountains, challenging rafters of all skill levels with Class II and III rapids sporting monikers such as The Swirlies and Wedding Ring. Along the way, adventurers may see wildlife, ranging from deer and otter to bald eagles and salmon.
Trips meet at 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. every day of the week at Mill City Park, just across the street from Mill City Baptist Church. Down The Mountain’s team emails guests an itinerary on booking.
Down The Mountain Whitewater Rafting
Adam Ball literally grew up on the water—he can’t remember ever not living next to it, and most of his fondest memories involve being on the water with friends and family in some way. “If I go for three or four weeks without being on the water, I don’t feel right,” he said. Through happenstance, Adam’s passion for the water transformed into a business. After discovering paddle rafting, he started taking out whoever would go with him: friends, coworkers, friends of coworkers who had a cousin who knew this guy who said his mailman mentioned something about wanting go rafting. Then people started calling to book group trips. And thus Adam became a business owner.
Today, he and his team of experienced guides take adventurers out onto North Santiam River, which drops 27 feet per mile as it races along the Cascade Mountains. Guides prepare guests for the Class II and III rapids—sporting nicknames such as Rock & Roll, Upper and Lower Escalator, and Jaws—which provide safe yet challenging obstacles for passengers of all skill levels. The river winds past sights that range from canyon walls to opulent homes. Wildlife sightings abound, such as osprey that swoop to snatch salmon, river otters that lounge on the shore, and duck and geese that ride alongside the boat through the rapids. A local rottweiler also makes regular appearances, lumbering down to the shore to bark and solicit lunch money.