The Oregon coastline stretches 363 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to the state of California, offering sweeping views of the ocean and a remarkably gorgeous coastline. There are plenty of activities to do on the coast including whale watching, hiking, beachcombing, tide pool exploring, surfing, fishing, and crabbing. However, swimming in the Pacific Ocean in Oregon is not safe even if you are an experienced swimmer.
The water is always cold, about 55 F even in the summer months. Strong rip currents, occasional sneaker waves, floating debris, unstable bottom – all of those make swimming in the Pacific dangerous.
Fortunately, there are other options to take a refreshing dip on a hot day. Numerous coastal rivers and creeks that are originated on the Coast Range head to the ocean, attracting swimmers by relatively warm water, slow currents, and scenic coastal scenery.
There are plenty of freshwater natural lakes surrounded by sand dunes and coastal coniferous forests. These beautiful lakes attract visitors who love to participate in a variety of outdoor activities including swimming, boating, windsurfing, fishing, hiking, camping, and picnicking.
Northern Oregon Coast
Central Oregon Coast
Southern Oregon Coast
Cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous. Variations in water levels, rocks that are not immediately visible, and shifts in river bottoms due to strong currents can lead to serious injury and even death. It is very important to check your swimming spot conditions and take all associated risks into account. Make safe decisions!