Salmon Falls County Park – Little North Fork

Salmon Falls Park

Salmon Falls Park

Salmon Falls Park

Salmon Falls Park

Salmon Falls Park

A part of Little North Fork Recreation Area, Salmon Falls County Park is located along the Little North Fork of the Santiam River about 36 miles east of Salem. The 23-acre scenic forested area with minimum development is a popular destination on a hot summer day.

The site features a 250-foot-wide nearly vertical cliff wall across the river. The largest along the Little North Fork, the 30-foot-tall waterfalls drop in two parallel segments. The pool is deep at the cliff base below the waterfalls and often is used for cliff jumping.

The area above the falls is shallow and good for wading. The flat ledges create islands that are perfect spots for relaxing and sunbathing right in the middle of the river. The top of the cliff wall provides panoramic views of the canyon, lush old growth forest along the river and waterfall rushing in the deep.

A fish ladder was built into the distant part of the cliff wall to help salmon bypass the falls. The lower part of the river bank consists of large pebbles and small boulders.

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, cliff jumping
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: 1,150 ft (351 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.

County park with falls

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Water body: River, falls
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: River rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool

Directions to Salmon Falls Park

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 14 miles to your destination on the right.

Phone: 503-588-5036

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