The Kilchis River is one of the five coastal rivers including the Wilson, Trask, Miami, and Tillamook that flows into the Tillamook Bay.
The river originates in the Northern Coast Range, flows 25 miles, and drains into the bay between Tillamook and Garibaldi.
This small stream is well-known among anglers for its large runs of salmon, steelhead, and sea-run cutthroats.
In the summertime, this river attracts swimmers, boaters, and crayfish lovers. The water is clean and heats up quickly to comfortable temperatures for refreshing dips.
Kilchis River Forest Road follows along the river to the confluence of North and South Forks.
Kilchis Logging Bridge
Kilchis Logging Bridge is a great destination, offering refreshing dips in the coastal river.
The swimming area on a bend of the river where the current is slower and water is warmer is located upstream of the bridge. A broad gravel beach, shallow and deeper spots make this place popular among families with kids.
The county charges a day-use fee for parking. No camping is allowed, no restroom, no garbage service. Pack all your trash.
From Tillamook, follow 2.2 miles north on Highway 101, turn right between milepost 62 and 63 onto Alderbrook Road and go 1 mile to Kilchis River Road. Turn right and continue 1.3 miles to the bridge, cross the bridge, and park your car in the parking area on the left.
Kilchis River Park
As you search for a perfect summer outing with your friends and family near Tillamook, Kilchis River Park and Campground is a destination for you.
There is an easy path down to the river from the parking area.
The gravel and pebble beach stretches 300 feet along the western bank of the river with good bank access.
The water is mostly shallow with some deeper spots on the opposite side of the river. This is a pretty pool, shaded in some places, and equipped with a rope swing in the deeper spot. Other activities include boat drifting, fishing, and hiking.
A playground, picnic tables, and vault restrooms are available for day-use guests. The campground offers 63 RV and Tent Sites. A small fee is required for parking.
From the parking area at Logging Bridge, cross the bridge and turn right onto Kilchis River Road and follow 2.8 miles to the destination on the right.