The North Santiam Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in Marion County negotiating a lease with the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers by indicating they would donate $500 to assist in the improvement of the entrance road. The Chamber was sponsoring the "White Water Challenge" at the time and wanted to use the park as a point of assembly and raft launching. The park is contiguous to land leased by the State Fish Commission for a salmon egg collection station. The Park and Recreation Commission named the park "Packsaddle" because Packsaddle Creek flows through the area. The park is primarily used by drift boaters, fishermen, and sightseers.
Wildfire Recovery Efforts
The long-term goal for Marion County Parks is to redevelop in a way that anticipates how the public will recreate in the future, while also building climate and environmentally resilient parks that future generations can enjoy.
Parks has been presented with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to start fresh and forge a new vision for recreation in the Santiam Canyon. This vision will provide diverse recreational opportunities and create a sustainable parks program that benefits the region and visitors.
You can explore the current recovery plan now.
Santiam Canyon Parks Recovery Plan
Facilities at a Glance
- Open Year-round
- Open Sunrise to Sunset
- 6 Acres
- Boat Ramp
- Picnic Tables
- Water Activities
- Hiking Trails
- ADA Accessible: Restroom and picnic table
- Day Use Only
Smoking and alcohol are prohibited at all county parks (see
Marion County Code).
Packsaddle is located two miles east of the City of Gates on Hwy 22.
For More Information Contact:
5155 Silverton Rd.
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 588-5036
Packsaddle County Park
34510 N. Santiam Hwy SE, Gates, OR 97346