Broken Bowl

• Located a few hundred feet east of Broken Bowl Campground
• A narrow and deep stretch of the creek with interesting rock formations

Bedrock, formation rock, and river rocks define the narrow creek channel of the beautiful swimming hole on Fall Creek near Broken Bowl Campground. There are a gravel beach, underwater ledges, and a small pebble island downstream surrounded by creek rapids.

For hiking fans, the 13.7 miles long Fall Creek National Recreation Trail offers unforgettable adventures along the Fall Creek corridor. You will discover stunning views, cross streams and find many nice spots for swimming, fishing, and picnicking.

There are other excellent swimming spots along Fall Creek Lake and Fall Creek:

Fall Creek – Broken Bowl | General Description

Open: May - September from sunrise to sunset
Managed by: US Forest Service
Location: Willamette National Forest

Services: None
Activities: Swimming, hiking, fishing

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Light to moderate

Accommodations: Broken Bowl Campground

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay at Eugene

Elevation: 1,000 ft (305 m)

Broken Bowl Swimming Spot is located:

  • 31.4 miles east of Eugene
  • 93 miles southeast of Salem
  • 140 miles southeast of Portland.

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Body of Water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Bedrock and rock formation
Water T° (summer): Cool

Adventures Nearby


From I-5,

  • Take Exit 194 A in Eugene for Highway 126 East
  • Follow on Highway 126 for 6.6 miles to Bob Straub Parkway
  • Go 7.6 miles straight onto Bob Straub Parkway, then Highway 222 South and Jasper/Jasper Lowell Roads to Place Road
  • Turn left onto Place Road/Big Fall Creek Road and continue 4.5 miles
  • Bear left after passing Winberry Creek Road and follow for about 11 miles to the destination on the right.

GPS: N 43°57.765', W 122°36.535' | 43.9627, -122.609

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