The Cascade Mountains and Willamette Valley offer a great summer swimming and diving opportunities in natural waters within reasonable proximity of one of the largest in Oregon - Salem metropolitan area.
The favorite summer destinations of the Salem residents are the Detroit Lake, North Santiam River, and Little North Fork Santiam River. There are more than 20 pools along the North Santiam, Little North Fork, and Detroit Lake area. Here you can swim, fish, picnic, hike, and camp. However, some spots are extremely popular and can be crowdy at hot summer weekends. There are less known but still amazing swimming holes you can explore in the Salem vicinity.
Before you check the list of the swimming spots that are listed below, be aware the swimming holes can be dangerous.
Because of some water located on the higher elevation and fed by water from the Cascade Mountains slopes, the swimming holes are likely going to be cold. The water level in the swimming holes changes year to year, strong currents can bring big rocks. Before you decide to jump, scout the spot and make a safe decision.
Below you will find a variety of swimming locations in the Salem vicinity.
Swimming holes associated with cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous. Variations in water levels, rocks that are not immediately visible or even shift in river bottoms due to strong currents can all lead to undesirable consequences. It is, therefore, very important to check current conditions and all associated risks and concerns. Make safe decisions!