Crowfoot Falls - Oregon

Access to Crowfoot Falls is privately owned and closed to the public

• Crowfoot Falls is a scenic destination of Southern Oregon
• There are shallow and deep areas to enjoy refreshing swimming

Located in Jackson County about 30 miles to the north of Medford, Crowfoot Falls is a picturesque destination for a refreshing summer swim.

The waterfall is formed by 12-mile Big Butte Creek that flows from the Cascade Range and empties into the Rogue River. This tranquil waterfall flows over 80-foot wide cliff and cascades down 6 to 10 feet into a striking pool featuring boulders and underwater ledges.

This is a fantastic spot to enjoy bracing dips on a hot summer day. A temperature of the water is always cool, even in August it was 64°F.

There are shallows making this swimming spot family-friendly when the water level is low. However, be aware of slippery rocks and underwater objects. Those features might be dangerous for kids and pets, so please, make sure to look out for them.

The deepest area is near the waterfall. The beach is composed of a flat bedrock and trees with bare roots marvelously weaving and penetrating into the rocky bank.

Crowfoot Falls Swimming near Medford

In the summer, the waterfall consists of a few separate falls.

There is a small gravel parking lot at Crowfoot Road but the space is limited. The trail down the beach is short and starts from the parking area. There are no restrooms on-site and trash cans or garbage service, so please, pack all your trash and leave no trace behind. Also, remember that the waterfall is surrounded by a residential area. Please, be mindful of people living there, avoid commotion, and keep sound at a reasonable level.

Cautions: Cliff jumping and slippery rocks are associated with risks, please use caution and make safe decisions.

Crowfoot Falls near Medford

Crowfoot Falls | Facts

Open: Year-round
Managed by: BLM, Oregon Department of Forestry

Amenities: None
Activities: Swimming

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Restrictions: No smoking, no campfires
Popularity: Moderate

Accommodations: None

Elevation: 1,550 ft (472 m)

Crowfoot Falls is located:

  • 27 miles north of Medford
  • 83 miles southeast of Roseburg
  • 154 miles southeast of Eugene.

Swimming hole rating: 4 out of 5
Body of Water: Creek
Water quality: Good
Current: Light
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Bedrock
Water T° (summer): Cool (64°F in August)

Crowfoot Falls Swimming near Medford

Crowfoot Falls Swimming

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Crowfoot Falls

From I-5,

  • Take exit 30 in Medford for OR-62 and travel 29 miles east toward Crater Lake to Crowfoot Road
  • Turn right onto Crowfoot Road and follow 0.7 miles to the destination on the left.

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  1. Can no longer access crowfoot falls, nearby homeowner bought the easement and has blocked off access for all due to people leaving trash behind the past couple of years, it’s a crying shame and I wouldn’t think you could block access to a national registered waterfall

  2. Is it legal to restrict access to the public place?

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