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 devastation.
The bank of the creek here is partially sandy and partially rocky. The sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. Current is slower here along the inside bend of the creek. The large rock on the right of the trail is great for jumping.
There are many other great swimming holes along the 13.7-mile long Fall Creek National Recreation Trail that runs through the amazing Willamette National Forest.
Access allowed: May - September from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: Free
Big Pool Campground
Clark Creek Organization Camp
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Light to Moderate
Location: Fall Creek Recreation Area
GPS coordinates: 43.972118, -122.579881
Elevation: 1110 ft (338 m)
Clark Creek Swimming is located:
- 33.5 miles east of Eugene
- 95 miles southeast of Salem
- 144 miles southeast of Portland
Body of water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Bedrock and rock formation
Water T° (summer): Cool
Driving Directions to the Swimming Hole near Clark Creek Campground
- From I-5, take Exit 194 A for Highway 126 East
- Follow on Highway 126 for 6.6 miles to Bob Straub Parkway
- Continue straight onto Bob Straub Parkway, then Highway 222 South and Jasper/Jasper Lowell Roads
- Turn left onto Place Road and drive for 3.6 miles to Big Fall Creek Road
- Continue onto Big Fall Creek Road
- Bear to the left after passing Winberry Creek Road and follow for about 12 miles to the destination on the right.