drift boat fishing drift boat fishing along the North Santiam River

The Oregon Experience specializes in drift boat fishing for Spring Chinook Salmon, Summer and Winter Steelhead. We will customize trips to meet the needs and schedules of our guests. Fishing trips can be arranged for either a half day or a full day.

We operate on the North Santiam River, a crystal clear mountain stream that flows from the Cascade Mountains into the Willamette Valley. While fishing is the draw for many, the beautiful scenery and hydraulics are sure to hold anyone's interest, and the wildlife, birds and lush vegetation of Western Oregon make these trips a lifetime memory.

  professional river guide, Arden Corey

We provide all fishing equipment, cleaning and packaging services, quality bait and tackle. Guests are responsible for providing themselves with a license, lunch and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

fishing rates


fishing info and resources

Fishing licenses must be obtained in advance. A one-day license is $8.00 and the Salmon/Steelhead Combined Harvest Tag is included in the price. For more information, visit the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife website.

Just click for an instant link to the Department of Fish & Wildlife's weekly updated fishing report.

Winter and Summer Steelhead are larger sea-run varieties of Rainbow Trout with pink flesh frequently mistaken for Salmon. The Steelhead is among the fastest fish in the world and is a challenging sport fish that can reach up to three feet and can weigh up to 20 pounds.

fishing seasons  

Spring Chinook Salmon are great sport fish, sometimes growing to 40 inches and 35 pounds. Thousands of Salmon and Steelhead smolt are reared and released annually by the Marion Forks Hatchery, making their way downstream from the Santiam River to the Willamette, then on to the majestic Columbia and out to sea. They complete their cycle by returning to spawn in the waters of the beautiful Santiam Canyon.

The two most prevalent species of Trout available in the Santiam are the Rainbow and the Cutthroat. Both are beautiful fresh water fighters and create excitement for even the most seasoned anglers. These fish can exceed sixteen inches in length and two pounds in weight. They are often caught while fishing for Steelhead and Salmon.

Only hatchery fish may be kept. They have been fin clipped for easy identification. Native fish must be returned to the river unharmed to bolster native stock.

The Oregon Experience
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