We started at the Santiam Rest Stop at I-5 where we put in the raft on the Santiam River. The river meanders around three sides of the Ankeny NWR and neighboring farmland. The most abundant species were Osprey, Belted Kingfisher (5 at once!), and Cedar Waxwings. Also seen: Bald Eagle, Merganser, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Red-tailed Hawk, Willow Flycatcher, and more.
|The Santiam- Willamette Delta|
Here you can see how low the river is.
We got lucky and were able to float over it though.
|The Buena Vista Ferry: one of the oldest continuous operating ferries in the state.|
A Rogue Ales facility.
|Cliff Swallow nests on a bridge at Independence. No sign of the swallows.|
Six hours later and much rowing (due to low water), we made it to our destination at Independence. This was a great way to spend a 95 degree day!