Rock Creek Swimming – Santiam State Forest

Discover a beautiful swimming hole on Rock Creek, hidden deep in the ancient Santiam State Forest in the foothills of the northern Cascades. Surrounded by old-growth Douglas-fir, hemlock, red alder, and big leaf maple trees, the Rock Creek Recreation and Camping areas offer secluded camping, picnicking, hiking, and swimming opportunities. You will drive …

Wildwood Falls on Row River – Swimming & Hiking

Swimming at Wildwood Falls Wildwood Falls is a great scenic spot with a dark-green pool, cliff walls, and waterfalls on the Row River. Located in the western foothills of the Umpqua National Forest known as Willamette Foothills, this large site is accessible from Wildwood Falls or LaSells Stewart Lane County Parks. …

McKercher Park – Calapooia River

Taking Highway 228 and riding a mile to the west of Crawfordsville or about 6 miles to the east of Brownsville, you will find the McKercher County Park. The park is good for picnics in green scenery under the calming shade of a white fir and Douglas tree canopies. However, …

Salmon Creek Falls Swimming – Oakridge

There are several deep swimming holes along the Salmon Creek in the Willamette National Forest near Oakridge, 40 miles east of Eugene. Astonishingly beautiful deep pools with the crystal-clear blue-green waters above Salmon Creek Falls (official name is Salmon Falls) are good for swimming and cliff jumping.  The broad moderately high …

Yellowbottom Swimming – Quartzville Creek

Yellowbottom and Quartzville Creeks are known from 1863 for the quartz rock formations with gold in the mines. Free recreational gold panning and rock hounding are still allowed in this area. Named as Yellowbottom Creek, the Yellowbottom Recreation Site now offers a swimmer’s paradise facilitated by a designated campground and …

Bedrock Swimming- Fall Creek Recreation Area

A peaceful section of the Fall Creek is located far downstream under the bridge near the popular Bedrock Campground. A great swimming hotspot features formation rocks, underwater ledges, rocky and sandy beaches. The water is shallow toward the beaches and deeper under the bridge in the narrow channel. Small rapids …

Clark Creek – Fall Creek Recreation Area

The scenic spot is tucked in the bank of the Fall Creek near Clark Creek Campground. A big pool with both shallows and depth is accessible by a short trail from the turnout. A section of the forest here was burnt in 2013. Thankfully now the forest is recovering from the …

Broken Bowl Swimming – Fall Creek Recreation Area

Bedrock, formation rock, and river rocks define the narrow creek channel of the beautiful swimming hole on the Fall Creek near Broken Bowl Campground. There are a gravel beach, underwater ledges, and a small pebble island downstream surrounded creek rapids. For hiking fans, the 13.7-mile long Fall Creek National Recreation …