As the summer heat has begun its descent upon those of us living in the State of Oregon, we are all looking for ways to cool down and beat the summer heat. Among the best ways to accomplish this aim and still have an immense amount of fun with family and friends is outdoor recreational swimming in the best swimming holes of Oregon.
From majestic waterfalls and natural water slides to bubbling river fronts, from serene lakes to bustling water reservoirs, Oregon boasts of various stunning waterfronts ideal for whatever your heart desires, wholehearted summer fun or a relaxing day out.
Each of the swimming holes mentioned here is known for their pristine clear emerald waters, breathtakingly scenic views, serene rejuvenating environments and a healthy dose of pure unadulterated fun. Each of these marvels of nature promises to engage all your senses; from the pebbles, you walk on to the glisten of the water as the sun strikes its surface, from the cool water enveloping your skin to the gentle roar of the gushing water.
As you search for the perfect summer outing for your family or the ideal fun filled summer bash with your friends, there is not a shadow of a doubt that one of these 50+ outdoor swimming spots will prove to be perfect! Enjoy!
Precautions & Warning
As exhilarating as reckless fun can be in these hot summer months, swimming holes, and the associated cliff jumping, can prove to be exceptionally dangerous. Areas that are known specifically for jumping can pose significant risks depending on the weather and climatic conditions. Variations in water levels, rocks that are not immediately visible or even shift in river bottoms due to strong currents can all lead to undesirable consequences. It is, therefore, of utmost importance to develop an understanding of current conditions and all associated risks and concerns. Make safe decisions!
All in all, swimming holes in and around Oregon are most definitely a summer hotspot. Make it easier on local management agencies by doing your part in keeping these locations clean. Be sensitive to the small plants; be careful not to trample them. Be safe. Be responsible. Have fun!
Willamette Valley & West Side of Cascades
- Bear Creek - Little North Fork, Santiam River
- Brice Creek
- Brice Creek Falls
- Canyon Creek - Little North Fork, Santiam River
- Detroit Lake
- North Shore - Fall Creek
- Lakeside 1 & 2 - Fall Creek
- Day Use - Fall Creek
- Broken Bowl - Fall Creek
- Big Pool - Fall Creek
- Clark Creek - Fall Creek
- Bedrock - Fall Creek
- Feyrer Park – Molalla River
- Lewis Creek Park - Foster Lake
- Sunnyside County Park - Foster Lake
- Lake Creek Falls (Triangle Lake Slide Rock)
- Metzler River Park - Swagger & Clear Creeks
- McKercher Park – Calapooia River
- Day Use Site 2 - Molalla River
- Day Use Site 4 - Molalla River
- North Fork County Park - Little North Fork, Santiam River
- Little North Fork, Santiam River
- Quartzville Creek
- Salmon Falls - Little North Fork, Santiam River
- Salmon Creek Falls
- Sharps Creek
- Three Bears -Molalla River
- Three Pools Opal Creek - Little North Fork, Santiam River
- Wildwood Falls - Row River
- Yellowbottom - Quartzville Creek