Sixmile Day Use – Illinois River

Illinois River - Sixmiles
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Illinois River - Sixmile

Illinois River - Sixmile

Illinois River - Sixmile

Illinois River

Located about 8 miles from Selma, Sixmile Recreation Site on the scenic Illinois River is an excellent spot to cool off on a hot summer day. The emerald green water of the wide swimming hole, slow currents, large rocks, and rock ledges that partially line the swimming hole make this pool the best place for swimming and diving.

A beach access is available via a small arched metal footbridge across Six Mile Creek.

Primitive camping (Echo Beach, Store Gulch, Sixmile, and River Bench Campgrounds) are available along the Illinois River Road (Forest Road 4103). There are numbers fishing locations, hiking trails, and day use sites along the river corridor.

The Forest Road 4103 becomes a single lane along the steep cliffs, then slopes to a level river terrace.

Day Use Sites on the Illinois River

  • Iron Ring Day Use
  • Store Gulch Day Use
  • Drivers Hole Day Use
  • Sixmile Day Use
  • Kerby Flat Day Use


General Description

Access allowed: Spring-Fall from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: None
Usage: Moderate
Accommodations: Sixmile Campground
Managed: Siskiyou National Forest, USDA Forest Service
GPS coordinates: 42.297, -123.732
Elevation: 1,200 ft (366 m)

Sixmile on Illinois River Location:

  • 8 miles west of Selma
  • 58 miles west of Medford
  • 99 miles southwest of Roseburg
  • 170 miles southwest of Eugene

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Body of Water: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Slow
Depth: Deep
Beach: Sand, gravel, river rocks
Water T° (summer): cool


Rock jumping


Vault toilet
No water
Picnicking pavilions

Illinois River - Sixmile

Illinois River - Sixmile

Directions to Sixmile Recreation Sit

Sixmile Recreation Site is located approximately 28 miles from Grants Pass.

  • From Grants Pass, travel 19.7 miles south on Highway 199 Selma
  • Turn right onto the Illinois River Road (Forest Road 4103)
  • Continue 7.9 miles to the Sixmile Recreation Site parking.

Oregon's Swimming Holes

A guide to Oregon's natural swimming places throughout the state. Included are regional maps and data on water temperature, depth and flow, nearby campgrounds, and a rating of each "hole."

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