Does the summer sun make you want to laze around and not partake in intense activity? Do most swimming holes around Oregon leave you clamoring for space? If you found yourself nodding your head to the above questions then the Wilson River at Keenig Creek is the summer spot for you.
The Keenig Creek at the Wilson River might just be the calmest most tranquil stretch of slow moving water in the entire Pacific Northwest. If your desire is to relieve stress or tension that your life might have brought along, then the stillness and serenity of the Keenig Creek are just what the doctor prescribed.
If at any point you desire some excitement then up-river, at the Footbridge Area, there are much deeper pools with 10 feet high cliffs that provide ample jumping opportunities. If there is one downside to this secluded marvel it is that the beach is composed of river rock and not warm sand; however, the large rocks which are meant for sprawling are comfortable enough for this to not be too big an issue.
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
Hiking distance: Short
Day-use fees: None
Accommodations: Keenig Creek Campground
Location: Tillamook State Forest
GPS coordinates: 45.543, -123.6104
Elevation: 400 ft (122 m)
Wilson River at Keenig Creek is located:
- 4.9 miles of Tillamook Forest Center
- 17.9 miles northeast of Tillamook
- 56 miles west of Portland
Address: Wilson River Highway Forest State Park, Tillamook, OR
Body of water: River
Water quality: Excellent, transparent
Beach: River rocks and rock formation
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm
Directions to Keenig Creek
From Portland, drive on US 26 west to Highway OR 6, slight left onto OR 6 towards Banks or Tillamook, continue on OR 6 for 33.8 miles to Wolf Creek Road, cross the bridge and park your car. For Keenig Creek Campground drive 0.4 miles more.