For all the nature lovers, the beautiful Little North Fork of the Santiam River with emerald crystal-clear waters is a top destination on hot summer days.
North Fork Park is the first park land purchased by Marion County. About 11.98 acres of the park is located along the bank of the Little North Fork of the Santiam River that drains the western side of the Cascade Range. The large swimming hole with a broad sandy and pebble beach, wide rock ledges, picnic sites, the comfortable water temperature in the summer, and a short distance from Salem make this destination very popular and sometimes crowded, especially on summer weekends.
Nice rapid streams which feed the swimming hole can be used for a fun sliding and a rock jumping is available as well. North Fork County Park has picnic tables, hiking trails, and a restroom. Fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout is available (catch and release).
Access allowed: May - October from 6 am to 10 pm
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: $5 per vehicle per day, $30 - annual parking pass
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Accommodations: Elkhorn Valley Campsite, Bear Creek Campground
Location: Marion County Park
GPS coordinates: 44.798, -122.5655
Elevation: 720 ft (219 m)
North Fork Park is located:
- 4 miles northeast of Lyons
- 27 miles east of Salem
- 73 miles southeast of Portland
- 75 miles northeast of Eugene.
Address: North Fork County Park, Lyons, OR 97358
Water body: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sand and river rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool
Driving Directions to North Fork Park
- Drive approximately 24 miles east on State Highway 22 from Salem to North Fork Road/Little North Fork
- Turn left onto North Fork Road, and continue for about 2.1 miles to the destination on the right.