Bear Creek Park – Little North Fork Santiam River

Bear Creek

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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 an excellent picnicking, hiking, fishing and swimming opportunities.

There are hiking trails through the park and down to the river including a stairway.  The small swimming but beautiful pool 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.

General Description

Access allowed: May - October, day use from 6 am to 10 pm
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate to heavy
Accommodations: 15 campsites
Location: Marion County Park
GPS coordinates: 44.800141, -122.469429
Elevation: 1,200 ft (366 m)

North Fork Park is located:

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

Address: Bear Creek County Park, Lyons, OR 97384
Phone: 503-588-5036

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Water body: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Boulders and river rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm




Pit toilets
Potable water
Garbage service
Picnic sites

Driving Directions to Bear Creek County 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 7.5 miles to the destination on the left.

Marion County

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