Salmon Creek Falls

• Salmon Creek Falls is an atmospheric location in a fantastic woodland
• Features a waterfall and deep blue-green swimming hole

Salmon Creek Falls

Salmon Creek

Salmon Creek Swimming Hole

Salmon Creek Falls

Popular among travelers and local residents, Salmon Creek Falls Campground and day-use site are located in the beautiful Willamette National Forest near Oakridge, 40 miles east of Eugene. The lush ancient forest on the rocky terrain, stunning turquoise creek, and sounds of waterfalls make you feel like you are in a fantastic enchanted forest.

There are several deep swimming holes along Salmon Creek with the crystal-clear blue-green waters above Salmon Creek Falls. Astonishingly beautiful pools are used for swimming and cliff jumping.

Cautions: Cliff jumping and slippery rocks are associated with risks, please use caution and make safe decisions.

The broad moderately high-volume waterfall is about 8 feet in height. The water is rough below the falls and swimming here is not considered to be safe. The bank above the falls is composed of formation rocks, and below the falls consists of large pebbles and small boulders.

The Salmon Creek area provides an excellent opportunity for hiking. A 12 miles long trail with easy and moderate sections designated for hikers with any experience.

The campground offers 14 first-come, first-served tent sites. The day-use area is located within the campground.

Salmon Creek Falls | General Description

Open: April - September
Managed by: US Forest Service
Location: Willamette National Forest

Services: Vault toilets, garbage service, picnic sites, hand pump drinking water
Activities: Swimming, cliff jumping, camping, hiking, fishing

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes
Popularity: Moderate

Accommodations: Salmon Creek Falls Campground

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay at Oakridge

Elevation: 1,440 ft (207 m)

Salmon Creek Falls is located:

  • 4.7 miles east of Oakridge
  • 48 miles southeast of Eugene
  • 100 miles southwest of Bend
  • 109 miles southeast of Salem.

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Body of Water: Creek
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep
Beach: River rocks and rock formation
Water T° (summer): Cool

Adventures Nearby


From I-5,

  • Take exit 188 in Eugene for Highway 58 East
  • Drive on Highway 58 southeast for about 35 miles to Crestview Street (traffic signal) in Oakridge
  • Turn left onto Crestview Street and go 0.2 miles to E 1st Street
  • Turn right onto E 1st Street (City Center) which becomes Salmon Creek Road and continue 4.8 miles to Salmon Creek Falls Campground on the right

The day-use area is located inside the campground.


GPS: N 43°45.737' W 122°22.425' | 43.7623, -122.3738

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