A part of the Little North Fork Santiam Recreation Area, Salmon Falls County Park is located along the Little North Fork Santiam River, 36 miles east of Salem. The 23-acre scenic forested area with minimum development is a popular destination during the summer months.
The site features a nearly vertical cliff wall across the river, estimated to be about 250 feet wide. The 30-foot high waterfall contains two parallel segments. The pool at the cliff base below the falls is deep and is often used for cliff jumping. Salmon Falls is the largest waterfall on the Little North Fork Santiam River. The lower part of the river bank consists of large pebbles and small boulders.
The waterfall top is easily accessible via a 0.2-mile flat trail that starts on the left of the parking. The area above the falls is shallow and good for wading. A few deep pockets in the monolith cliff can be used for refreshing dips. The flat ledges create islands that are perfect spots for relaxing and sunbathing right in the middle of the river. Moreover, the top of the cliff wall provides panoramic views of the picturesque canyon, lush old-growth forest, and the river with the waterfall dropping into the emerald plunge pool.
A fish ladder was built into the distant part of the cliff wall to help salmon bypass the falls.
Picnic tables and hiking trails are available.
Cautions. Cliff jumping and slippery rocks are associated with risks, please use caution and make safe decisions.
Salmon Falls | General Description
Open: May 1 - October 31 from 6 am to 10 pm
Managed: Marion County
Location: Little North Fork Recreation Area
Services: Vault toilets, no water, garbage service, picnic sites
Activities: Swimming, hiking, fishing
Accommodations: Elkhorn Valley Campsite, Bear Creek Campground
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Moderate to high
Elevation: 1,082 ft (330 m)
Salmon Falls Park is located:
- 10 miles northeast of Mill City
- 39 miles east of Salem
- 85 miles southeast of Portland
- 87 miles northeast of Eugene.
- Drive approximately 24 miles east on State Highway 22 to North Fork Road/Little North Fork
- Turn left onto North Fork Road and continue 14 miles to your destination on the right.