High Rocks - Clackamas River

The Portland metropolitan area was ranked America's 23rd largest urban area. Despite a large population of almost 2.4 million residents, you still can find a perfect place to have summer fun, play outdoors, and splash in one of many swimming spots near Portland.

Natural lakes, mountain streams, reservoirs, and rivers ensure that there is enough room for everyone. The great Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, the Coast Range, and North Oregon Coast host the best swimming holes.

You can find a location for just about every water-based activity in these water sources. Apart from swimming, you can enjoy kayaking, tubing, windsurfing, and diving from the high rocks surrounding these natural swimming holes.

Some of the swimming spots have sandy beaches that make them an ideal destination for a day out for families with kids.

Clackamas County

Alder Flat - Clackamas River Alder Flat

Remote location in the Mt Hood National Forest features deep emerald swimming holes on the Clackamas River.

Three BearsThree Bears Site

Cobble beach, beautiful lucid green and relatively warm waters, picnic sites. Family with small children friendly.

Molalla River Day Use Site 2 Molalla River Site 2

A secluded swimming spot with large rock ledges and deep pool within Molalla Recreation Area.

Molalla River Day Use Site 4Molalla River Site 4

A secluded deep swimming spot for experienced swimmers.

Big Eddy Day UseBig Eddy Day Use Area – Clackamas River

A day-use area with picnic sites. Strong currents downstream and upstream.

Buck LakeBuck Lake

A crystal-clear natural mountain lake hidden in the Mt Hood National Forest.

Feyrer ParkFeyrer Park

Plenty of activities including camping, picnicking, and swimming with two beautiful swimming holes along the river.

High Rocks - Clackamas RiverHigh Rocks

A unique rocky bank with strong underwater currents, hidden underwater ledges. Crowded on summer weekends.

Metzler River ParkMetzler River Park

Secluded shallow swimming hole, friendly for families with small children.


Multnomah & Columbia Counties

Blue Lake Blue Lake Park

A natural lake with the sand beach, roped-off swimming area, and a pier for fishing.

Sandy River Swimming - Oxbow ParkSandy River

Well-known for its sandy beaches, cool and clean water, the river is a resource of a variety of water activities.

Glenn Otto Community ParkGlenn Otto Park

Popular swimming and water sport location on the Sandy River with sandy beach. Current is moderate to strong.

Oregon Coast & Oregon Coast Range

Wilson River - Smith HomesteadWilson River at Smith Homestead

A scenic stretch of the Wilson River with fishing, swimming, and picnicking opportunities.

Keenig Creek – Wilson RiverWilson River at Keenig Creek

Secluded swimming holes with swimming, jumping off rock swings, and fishing opportunities.

Wilson River FootbridgeWilson River at Footbridge

A fantastic stretch of the Wilson River with shallow and deep pools, rapids, waterfall, and footbridge.

Washington State

Moulton FallsMoulton Falls Park

Surrounded by volcanic rock formation, the waterfall and deep pools are popular among swimmers and cliff jumpers.

Dougan FallsDougan Falls

Most dramatic and most beautiful swimming waterfall within the Portland Metropolitan Area with a deep pool at the waterfall base.

Lewisville Park Lewisville Park

A few good swimming holes can be found along the stretch of the East Fork of the Lewis River.

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