Camping at the North Santiam Park

It was hot out last weekend – but it was beautiful!  We headed out to find a campground and got lucky enough to secure the last site in this one – one of only a few that was still allowing open fires!

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Located east of Salem in Oregon, the North Santiam campground is located on the Santiam River.

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The campsites are all walk in:

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There are flush toilets and potable water available.

Here is our site (#1) looking out toward the path –

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The river is just a short walk away.

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We set up camp and settled into the task of relaxing!

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Saturday morning I was up bright and early.  Got the campfire and the coffee going.  There is nothing like coffee in an old fashioned percolator on the open fire.  Breakfast menu – Bacon, pancakes and fresh picked blackberries

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Fishing is allowed on the river.

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And did you know there are fresh water clams?  I didn’t!  But they were delicious!  We steams some and sauteed some in butter and lemon pepper to have with our marinated beef! (Recipe to follow)

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While the younger guys were out trying to catch fish (no fish, but they rescued a swimmer!), us old folks sat around doing nothing.

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For dinner we had a london broil that had been marinated for five days.  Threw that puppy on the grill, sauteed potatos with onions and mushrooms, some of those fresh clams and a salad!  Delicious dinner!

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My grandson tried to convince his friend to try the clams, but he wasn’t successful.  No worries – more for us!

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Click here for the steak recipe:

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About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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2 Responses to Camping at the North Santiam Park

  1. It looks like you had a great time. We loved driving through Oregon last year. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

  2. Linda says:

    Thanks for sharing the northwest with us. Best wishes for a great summer. Linda @Crafts a la mode

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