Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water road ride with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a rafting trip with North Santiam River Trips in Mill City (an $89 value).
Bill Sanderson and North Santiam River Trip's experienced guides have been leading floating excursions down the Santiam for more than 30 years. Groups of no less than four rafters abscond from dry land in a red raft, and paddle down the river past the douglas-firs and cedars that crawl up the surrounding foothills and mountains. Choose from four different rafting day trips, such as Greens Bridge to the Willamette, which emphasizes slow-moving water, or Packsaddle Park to Mehama, whose 16 miles are peppered with tumultuous stretches filled with whitewater and giants who try to steal paddles to use them as Q-tips. Tour-goers dine upon provided snacks and snuggle into safety equipment and fishing gear.
North Santiam River Trips
The Santiam River is Mother Nature's take on the roller coaster—for about 50 miles, at least. The northern section of the river brims with rapids, which churn up whitewater and glitter bombs in anticipation of Bill Sanderson and his fellow guides. For more than three decades, these rafting experts have taken groups on fast, exciting trips along the river. When not navigating the rapids, the guides talk about the region's history and geography. Occasionally, they spot wildlife, such as beavers and deer.
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