Little North Fork Swimming Spot – Santiam River

Little North Fork

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 from the city of Salem. You will enjoy a scenic river landscape, excellent hiking, refreshing swimming, and exciting fishing at Little North Fork Swimming Hole not far away from North Fork County Park.

Park your car along North Fork Road and find a trailhead. Short but a little steep hike is required. The 200-foot trail runs down to the secluded swimming spot. The bank of the river 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 of this part of river consists of large uneven boulders.

Cautions: Watch for poison oak.



Little North Fork Swimming Hole | General Description

Open: May 1st - October 31 from 6am to 10 pm
Managed: Marion County
Location: Little North Fork Recreation Area

Services: None
Activities: Swimming, hiking, fishing, rock jumping, rope swinging
Accommodations: Elkhorn Valley Campsite

Distance from the parking: 200 ft
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Light to Moderate

Elevation: 720 ft (219 m)

This spot on the Little North Fork is located:

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

Secluded undeveloped swimming spot

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

Directions to the Little North Fork Swimming Spot

From Salem,

  • Drive approximately 24 miles east on State Highway 22 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.

GPS: 44.79587, -122.53954

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