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