Salmon Falls County Park – Little North Fork

Salmon Falls Park

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Salmon Falls Park

Salmon Falls Park

Salmon Falls Park

Salmon Falls Park

Salmon Falls County Park is located roughly 36 miles east of Salem. The forested area (22.62 acres) with minimum development on the Little North Fork of the Santiam River is a popular destination on a hot summer day.

The feature of the Salmon Falls County Park is a nearly vertical cliff wall across the river with a waterfall. The cliff wall is about 30 feet high and 250 feet wide. The water is deeper along the cliff wall below the waterfalls. The area above the falls is shallow and good for wading. Islands of flat ledges are perfect spots for sunbathing. 

A fish ladder was built into the cliff wall to help salmon bypass the falls. The bank consists of large pebbles and small boulders. There are picnic tables and hiking trails.

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


General Description

Access allowed: May 1 - October 31 from 8 am until dusk
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: $5 per vehicle per day, $30 - annual parking pass
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate to heavy
Accommodations: Elkhorn Valley Campsite
Location: Marion County Park
GPS coordinates: 44.8318, -122.371
Elevation: 1150 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
  • 105 miles northwest of Bend.

Address: Salmon Falls Park, Lyons, OR 97358
Phone: 503-588-5036

Marion County


Body of water: River, falls
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Moderate
Depth: Deep along the cliff wall
Beach: River rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool


Cliff jumping


Vault toilets
No drinking water
Garbage service
Picnic sites

Directions to Salmon Falls County Park

Drive approximately 24 miles east on State Highway 22 from Salem to N Fork Road/Little North Fork, turn left onto North Fork Road, and continue 14 miles to your destination on the right.

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