Broken Bowl Swimming – Fall Creek Recreation Area

Broken Bowl

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

For hiking fans, the 13.7-mile 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 the Fall Creek Lake and Fall Creek:

General Description

Access allowed: May - September from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: Free
Accommodations: Broken Bowl Campground

Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Light to Moderate
Location: Fall Creek Recreation Area
GPS coordinates: 43.9637, -122.6149
Elevation: 1000 ft (305 m)
Broken Bowl Swimming is located:

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

Navigation Link*


Body of water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Bedrock and rock formation
Water T° (summer): Cool



Service: None

Driving Directions to Swimming Hole near Broken Bowl Campground

  • From I-5, take Exit 194 A for Highway 126 East
  • Follow on Highway 126 for 6.6 miles to Bob Straub Parkway
  • Continue straight onto Bob Straub Parkway, then Highway 222 South and Jasper/Jasper Lowell Roads
  • Turn left onto Place Road and drive for 3.6 miles to Big Fall Creek Road
  • Continue on Big Fall Creek Road
  • Bear to the left after passing Winberry Creek Road and follow for about 11 miles to the destination on the right.

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