Best Swimming Holes near Salem

Swimming Holes near Salem




The Cascade Mountains and Willamette Valley swimming spots offer a great summer swimming and diving opportunities in natural waters within reasonable proximity of the largest Oregon cities such as Portland, Eugene, and Salem.

Because of some water located on the higher the elevation and fed by water from Cascade Mountains slopes, the swimming hole is likely going to be cold. The water level in the swimming holes changes year to year, strong currents can bring big rocks. Before you decide to jump, scout the spot and make a safe decision.

Types of swimming spots:

  • Crystal-clear high-mountain streams
  • Farmland valley creeks
  • Natural lakes
  • Man-made reservoirs.

Below you will find a variety of swimming locations in the Salem vicinity.

Best Swimming Holes




Marion County

Bear CreekSurrounded by old-growth Douglas fir, hemlock, and other conifer trees, Bear Creek offers an excellent picnicking, hiking, fishing and swimming opportunities...

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Canyon CreekCanyon Creek is a wonderful day-use site along the Little North Fork of the Santiam River. A broad sandy and pebble beach....

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North Fork ParkNorth Fork Park is the park is located along the bank of the Little North Fork of the Santiam River...

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Three PoolsThe really amazing destination on this list of summer water fun is Three Pools along the Little North Santiam River...

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Salmon Falls ParkSalmon Falls Park is located roughly 36 miles east of Salem. The forested area with minimum development...

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Little North ForkLittle North Fork of the Santiam River offers a wonderful recreation experience within 40 minutes driving time from the city of Salem...

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Detroit LakeLocated 50 miles east of Salem in the Cascade Mountains, Detroit Lake is an adventure lover’s paradise...

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Linn County

Foster LakeLewis Creek Park located along Foster Lake is the perfect place for some water splashing fun...

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Sunnyside County ParkFor all the water sports lovers out there, Sunnyside County Park on Foster Lake is the place to be...

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McKercher ParkThe McKercher Park provides a series of swimming holes some shallow enough for the children and some extremely deep and ideal for the adults...

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Quartzville CreekThere are many safe pools for wading and swimming along the Quartzville Creek and the most of them are astonishingly beautiful...

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Quartzville CreekThe Yellowbottom swimming area features a large pool with clear emerald waters with shallow and deep spots...

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Rock CreekDiscover a beautiful swimming hole on Rock Creek, hidden deep in the ancient Santiam State Forest...

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Clackamas County

Feyrer ParkLocated a few miles from Molalla on the bank of the Molalla River,  Feyrer Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities...

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Three BearsEnjoy the beauty of the lucid green waters of the Molalla River. Three Bears Recreation Site was open in 2013...

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Molalla River Day Use Site 2A great place to cool down on a hot summer day, Molalla River Day Use Site 2 is located 2.5 miles south of the Glen Avon Bridge...

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Molalla River Day Use Site 4Molalla River Day Use Site 4 is the scenic undeveloped site with a beautiful swimming hole...

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Metzler River ParkMetzler River Park is one of the few locations in a short distance from Portland but feels surprisingly isolated...

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Alder FlatIf your aim this summer is to beat the crowds and enjoy the great outdoors then Alder Flat at the Mount Hood National Forest is the place to be...

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