One of the best beaten path places near Cottage Grove, Sharps Creek Recreation Area is nestled in the foothill of the Cascade Mountains at the edge of the Umpqua National Forest. Most of the public land of Sharps Creeks, a tributary of the Row River, is occupied by mining claims except this scenic recreation site managed by BLM.
A natural oasis in the lush evergreen forest offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, picnicking, camping, and even recreational gold panning. The 14-mile paved Row River Trail provides hikers, equestrians, and bicyclists a variety of opportunities to enjoy the scenic beauty of picturesque views of the Row River, Dorena Reservoir, and covered bridges. The historic Bohemia Mining Area is located nearby.
Sharps Creek offers opportunities for swimming and cliff jumping to beat the summer heat. There are two scenic swimming holes at this site surrounded by cliffs and formation rocks. The deepest and largest pool features a round shape, dark-green water, and a cliff that is used by adrenaline enthusiasts. Adjusted to the beach, the small pool is perfect for swimming and wading.
A beautiful pristine hole is formed in bedrock by the river's flow. The bedrock bench across the creek separates two pools and allows wander and explore the beautiful summer swimming spot.
Cautions: Cliff jumping and slippery rocks are associated with risks, please use caution and make safe decisions.
Shaded by old-growth forest, Sharps Creek Campground consists of a 10-unit campsites. Open from Memorial Day weekend through early fall, the campground does not offer reservations.
Sharps Creek also offers opportunities for fishing (trout should be released).
Recreational panning for gold is allowed within or near the recreational site from June 1st to September 15th.
For those wanting to experience windsurfing or to simply relax and enjoy some boating, the Dorena Lake is also nearby.
Sharps Creek | General Description
Open: May - September from dawn to dusk
Location: Sharps Creek Recreation Area
Services: Toilets, potable water, garbage service, picnic sites
Activities: Swimming, rock jumping, fishing, hiking, panning for gold
Accommodations: Sharps Creek Campground
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Moderate to high
Elevation: 1,200 ft (366 m)
Sharps Creek is located:
- 18 miles southeast of Cottage Grove
- 40 miles southeast of Eugene
- 60 miles northeast of Roseburg
- 101 miles southeast of Salem.
Directions to Sharps Creek
- Take exit 174 for Cottage Grove and Dorena Lake
- Turn left and follow 4 miles on Row River Road
- Travel 6.6 miles onto Shoreview Drive/Government Road until it merges onto Row River Road
- Continue 4.3 miles to Sharps Creek Road
- Turn right and continue for 2.9 miles.
The campground will be on your right and the day-use area on your left.