Bear Creek

• Bear Creek is a great destination for summer outdoor activities
• Rocky wading and swimming spots

Bear Creek - North Fork Santiam River

Bear Creek - North Fork Santiam River

Bear Creek - North Fork Santiam River

Bear Creek - North Fork Santiam River

Located 29 miles east of Salem and 7 miles from Highway 22 on the Little North Fork of the Santiam River, Bear Creek is the beautiful day-use park and the first Marion County's campground. Surrounded by old-growth Douglas fir, hemlock, and other conifer trees, Bear Creek offers excellent picnicking, hiking, fishing, and swimming opportunities.

There are hiking trails through the park and down to the river including a stairway. The small but beautiful swimming pool is situated downstream of the trail. The bank is packed with boulders and river rocks.

Each site of the 15-site campground has a fire ring and picnic table, three of them are handicap accessible.


Bear Creek Park | Facts

Open: May - October; Day use from 6am to 10pm
Managed by: Marion County
Location: Little North Santiam Recreation Area

Amenities: Potable water, restrooms, picnic sites, fire pits, and garbage service
Activities: Camping, swimming, hiking, and fishing

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes or Annual parking pass
Dogs: Must be on a leash

Accommodations: 15 campsites

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay at Salem

Elevation: 1,200 ft (366 m)

Bear Creek Park is located:

  • 10 miles northeast of Lyons
  • 33 miles east of Salem
  • 78 miles southeast of Portland
  • 81 miles northeast of Eugene.

Swimming spot rating: 3 out of 5
Body of Water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Boulders and river rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Bear Creek County Park

From I-5,

  • Take exit 253 in Salem toward Detroit and drive approximately 24 miles east on State Highway 22 to North Fork Road/Little North Fork
  • Turn left onto North Fork Road, and continue for about 7.5 miles to the destination on the left.

Phone: 503-588-5036
Address: 29555 N Fork Rd, Lyons, Oregon 97358

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