Little North Fork of the Santiam River

Little North Fork
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Little North Fork

Little North Fork

Little North Fork

Little North Fork

The Little North Fork of the Santiam River offers a wonderful recreation experience within 40 minutes driving time from the city of Salem. You will enjoy a scenic landscape, hiking, swimming, and fishing.

The trail down from the North Fork Road to the secluded swimming hole is a bit steep but short. The bank of this spot is lined with small boulders and large pebbles. A beautiful clear swimming hole has both shallow for kids and deep for swimming and diving spots. The bottom consists of large uneven boulders.

Park your car along the North Fork Road and hike down to the river.

Cautions: Watch for poison oak.

General Description

Access allowed: All year from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: 200 ft
Day-use fees: None
Usage: Moderate
Accommodations: Elkhorn Valley Campsite
Location: Little North Fork Recreation Area
GPS coordinates: 44.79587, -122.53954
 Elevation: 720 ft (219 m)

This spot on the Little North Fork of the Santiam River is located:

  • 5.5 miles northeast of Lyons
  • 29 miles east of Salem
  • 74 miles southeast of Portland.


Body of water: River
Water quality: Clear and transparent
Current: Moderate to rapid
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: River rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool


Rock jumping
Rope swinging

Service: None

Directions to the Little North Fork of the Santiam River

Drive approximately 24 miles east on State Highway 22 from Salem to North Fork Road/Little North Fork, turn left onto North Fork Road, and continue about 4.2 miles to your destination on the right.

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