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Image of Dangerous Side Channel from the Lower North Santiam River
Entrance to a particularly hazards side-channel
where the bulk of the near-drownings occurred during the weekend of June 19,
Image looking downstream on the Lower Santiam River
An example of a tree that is especially
dangerous for boats/float craft due to possible entrapment and could push a person
underwater. This obstruction is in what was the main channel in previous years.
Oregon's rivers are dynamic and ever-changing. Boaters assume the obligation to know the waterway and operate responsibly. Operators should understand that an area has hidden obstructions until they have surveyed it, especially in tidally influenced areas and rivers or areas with stronger currents.
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