McKercher County Park Swimming

• A shady stretch of the Calapooia River running through basalt rock layers
• Features a series of swimming holes in the rocky pockets and channels and a big pool upstream

McKercher County Park is located a mile west of Crawfordsville and about 6 miles east of Brownsville. The park is a great spot for picnics in green scenery under the calming shade of a white fir and Douglas tree canopies. Besides, the park is greatly esteemed for swimming holes that punctuate the Calapooia River. Tourists and local residents concur that McKercher Park is a prime location for picnicking and swimming.

The Calapooia River park provides a series of swimming holes including shallow ones that are perfect for small children and some are extremely deep, ideal for the adults and can be used for both swimming or jumping.

McKercher County Park scenery is picturesque with numbers of channels and little plunge pools in the rocky terrain. The park features small waterfalls, a sand and gravel beach, rocky ledges, wading and swimming area.

The park has plenty of parking space. Fishing is available as well.

McKercher Park

McKercher Park Swimming

McKercher Park

McKercher Park

McKercher Park – Calapooia River | Facts

Open: Year-round
Managed by: Linn County

Amenities: Vault toilet, garbage service, picnic sites, no drinking water
Activities: Swimming, rock jumping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, rockhounding

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: High

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay at Brownsville

Accommodations: No camping in the park

Elevation: 440 ft (134 m)

McKercher County Park is located:

  • 6 miles east of Brownsville
  • 35 miles northeast of Eugene
  • 51 miles southeast of Salem.

Swimming hole rating: 4 out of 5
Body of Water: River
Water quality: Good to fair
Current: Light
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Rock formation, rock, gravel, and sand
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm


Adventures Nearby

Directions to McKercher Park

From I-5,

  • Take exit 216 for Highway 228 East
  • Turn onto Highway 228 East and drive 9.8 miles to the McKercher Park on the right.

Phone: 541-967-3917

GPS: N 44°21.510' W 122°52.521' | 44.35850, -122.87535

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