If the idea of dealing with blustering crowds on a hot summer day sucks every last bit of energy out of you, the Wilson River at the Footbridge area would prove to be best swimming hole for you. The serenity of the Wilson River Footbridge will release every bit of tension you are holding on to.
It would not be an exaggeration to state that this might be the most inviting and the calmest stretch of slow moving water that you will find in the entire Pacific Northwest. The beach, however, is made of river rock and is not sandy which may be a turn-off for some, but the large rocks are equally comfortable to sprawl on.
If lounging is not your idea of a perfect day then heading up-river lands you at the Wilson River Footbridge. This spot features much deeper pools and the cliffs are higher than 10 feet providing ample jumping opportunities.
Cautions: Cliff and bridge jumping, slippery rocks are associated with risks, please use caution and make safe decisions.
Access allowed: All year-round from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate to heavy
Accommodations: Keenig Creek Campground - 1.1 miles
Location: Tillamook State Forest
GPS coordinates: 45.5637, -123.5805
Elevation: 400 ft (122 m)
Wilson River at the Footbridge Day-Use Area is located:
- 2.1 miles of Tillamook Forest Center
- 19.6 miles northeast of Tillamook
- 53 miles west of Portland
Address: Wilson River Highway Forest State Park, Tillamook, OR
Water body: River, falls
Water quality: Excellent, transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: River rocks, rock formations, bedrock bottom, sand
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm
Drinking water at Tillamook Forest Center
Directions to Footbridge
From Tillamook, travel 19.6 miles on Highway OR 6 northeast to milepost 20 and park at the Footbridge Day-Use Area.
From Portland, drive on US 26 west to Highway OR 6, slight left onto OR 6 towards Banks or Tillamook, continue onto OR 6 for 31.6 miles to the destination.