Canyon Creek – Little North Fork Santiam River

Canyon Creek


Canyon Creek

Canyon Creek

Canyon Creek

Canyon Creek

Surrounded by old-growth forest Canyon Creek Recreation Site is a beautiful place where you could easily spend an entire day. This spot is popular among families with kids. An access from a parking area is short and easy.

Managed by BLM, Canyon Creek offers a picnicking, camping, swimming and jumping opportunities. A big swimming area on a bend of the Little North Fork of the Santiam River with a broad sandy and pebble beach make this destination a popular spot on a hot summer day. A big rock across the river is used for jumping. The current is slow. Small rapids that connect a few small pools and feed the bigger pool are used by kids for the natural waterslides.

There are a few picnic sites, a hand pump for potable water, and a restroom.

General Description

Access allowed: May - September from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: $5 per vehicle per day
Passes: Interagency Senior/Access/Military Pass
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate
Accommodations: Elkhorn Valley Campsite
Location:  Marion County, BLM
GPS coordinates: 44.801, -122.4787
Elevation: 900 ft (274 m)

Canyon Creek is located:

  • 9.3 miles east of Lyons
  • 33 miles east of Salem
  • 78 miles southeast of Portland
  • 81 miles northeast of Eugene.

Phone: 503-897-2406


Body of water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sand and river rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool


Rock jumping


Vault toilets
Potable water
Garbage service
Picnic sites

Directions to Canyon Creek Recreation Site

  • Drive approximately 24 miles east on State Highway 22 from Salem to N Fork Road/Little North Fork
  • Turn left onto North Fork County Road
  • Continue 7.3 miles to your destination on the left.

Weather Forecast

Chance of Rain
06/13 40%
Chance of Rain
High 63° / Low 48°
Partly Cloudy
06/14 10%
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High 69° / Low 49°
Mostly Cloudy
06/15 10%
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Partly Cloudy
06/16 20%
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06/17 20%
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