A large swimming area with sand and pebble beach
Rock jumping opportunity
Surrounded by old-growth forest, the Canyon Creek Recreation Site is a beautiful place where you could easily spend an entire day. This spot is popular among families with kids for a beautiful sandy beach and somewhat slow river flow. Access from a parking area is short and easy.
Managed by BLM, Canyon Creek offers picnicking, camping, swimming and jumping opportunities. A big open swimming area on a bend of the Little North Fork of the Santiam River with a broad sandy and pebble beach make this destination a popular spot on a hot summer day. A big rock across the river is used for jumping. Small rapids upstream that connect a few small pools feed the bigger pool and can be used by kids for the natural waterslides. Canyon Creek also features a small waterfall on the opposite side of the river.
There are a few picnic sites, a hand pump for potable water, and a restroom.
Canyon Creek | General Description
Open: May - September from dawn to dusk
Location: Little North Santiam Recreation Area
Services: Vault toilets, potable water, garbage service, picnic sites
Activities: Swimming, rock jumping, fishing, hiking
Accommodations: Elkhorn Valley Campsite
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes or Interagency Senior/Access/Military Pass
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Moderate to high
Elevation: 900 ft (274 m)
Canyon Creek is located:
- 9.3 miles east of Lyons
- 33 miles east of Salem
- 78 miles southeast of Portland
- 81 miles northeast of Eugene.
Directions to Canyon Creek Recreation Site
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