Canyon Creek – Little North Fork Santiam River

Canyon Creek

Canyon Creek - Little North Fork Santiam River

Canyon Creek - Little North Fork Santiam River

Canyon Creek - Little North Fork Santiam River

Canyon Creek

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
Managed: BLM
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.

Swimming hole rating: 4 out of 5
Water body: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to Moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sand and river rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool

Directions to Canyon Creek Recreation Site

From Salem,

  • Drive approximately 24 miles east on State Highway 22 to N Fork Road/Little North Fork
  • Turn left onto North Fork County Road
  • Continue 7.3 miles to your destination on the left.

Phone: 503-897-2406

GPS: N 44°48.048', W 122°28.723' | 44.8008,-122.4787

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