(Cub Creek to South Santiam River)
River Description (Kayak/Canoe)
Moose Creek is a small tributary of the South Santiam near Tomco Falls. Although short, it is a nice intermediate run if you happen to be in the area. The run contains many short, fun boulder gardens and small ledges set in a pretty forested canyon. Most of the harder rapids can't be seen from the road but at most flows the rapids are easy to scout at river level. There is a tough rapid(class 4+) just upstream of the road bridge near the take-out that can be scouted by hiking down to the creek from the road. There are also a couple drops directly below the take-out bridge but running these drops makes the take-out more difficult. You can run these drops and lengthen the run by continuing down the South Santiam all the way to Cascadia Park. This means you'll get to see the beautiful gorge on the South Santiam which begins just downstream of Tomco Falls.
The narrow rapid just upstream of the road bridge should be scouted before the trip and most boaters will choose to portage on the right. Logs can present problems on this small creek.
How to get there
Take-Out (GPS: 44o24.279'N, 122o26.251'W)
US 20, east of Albany and Sweet Home, follows the South Santiam River. Turn left on FS 2025 2.25 miles east of Cascadia State Park. Bear left at the junction after 0.2 miles and continue to the bridge over Moose Creek.
Put-In (GPS: 44o25.657'N, 122o23.162'W)
To reach the put-in continue upstream on Moose Creek Road until the road ends. Scramble down the steep bank to reach the creek.
None exists. Generally Moose Creek has a similar amount of water as its' neighbor, Canyon Creek. A flow of 1,200-2,000 cfs on the South Santiam River at Cascadia means adequate flow.
Check out Jason's description of this run.