McKercher County Park Swimming

McKercher Park

McKercher Park Swimming

McKercher Park

McKercher Park

• A shady stretch of the Calapooia River through the rock layers
• A series of swimming holes in the rocky pockets and channels, big pool with sand and gravel beach

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 a 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 the McKercher Park is primarily the land of picnics and swimming.

The Calapooia River park provides a series of swimming holes including shallow ones that is perfect for small children and some are extremely deep and ideal for the adults either for 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 and a sand and gravel beach along the big wading and swimming area, located downstream of river.

The park provides adequate and reliable parking. Fishing is available as well.


McKercher Park – Calapooia River | General Description

Open: Year-round
Managed: Linn County
Location: McKercher County Park

Services: Vault toilet, garbage service, picnic sites, no drinking water
Activities: Swimming, rock jumping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, rockhounding
Accommodations: No camping in the park

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

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
Water body: 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

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.

Address: 37860 Highway 228, Brownsville, OR 97327
Phone: 541-967-3917

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

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