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

Smith Homestead - Wilson RiverWilson River at Smith Homestead

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

Keenig Creek – Wilson RiverWilson River at Keenig Creek

Secluded swimming holes with swimming, jumping, 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.

Youngs River FallsYoungs River Falls

A picturesque waterfall near Astoria with warm and calm water summer...

Coffenbury Lake FishingCoffenbury Lake

Historic site, scenic view-points, swimming, boating and fishing...

Trask River County Park - OregonTrask River

The coastal river features numerous swimming holes and fishing opportunities...

Kilchis Logging Bridge SwimmingKilchis River

The coastal river attracts swimmers, boaters, and crayfish lovers...



Central Oregon Coast

Alsea River SwimmingAlsea River Swimming

Water of the Alsea River heats up quickly to the comfort level for swimming...

Lake Creek Falls Lake Creek Falls

A popular destination with multitude of small cascading waterfalls...

Siuslaw River Swimming Siuslaw River Swimming

There are numerous swimming spots along the river with convenient access...

Cleawox Lake - Honeyman State ParkCleawox Lake

A natural warm lake offers activities for entire family...

Woahink Lake - Honeyman State ParkWoahink Lake

Natural coastal lake, boat ramp, and a roped off swimming area...



Southern Oregon Coast

Lake Marie Lake Marie

A coastal lake features warm water in summer, a sandy beach, trails, and campground...

Smith River Falls Smith River Falls Site

The cascading waterfall, swimming and cliff jumping opportunities...

Hunter Creek Oregon Hunter Creek

The lower sections of coastal rivers and creeks warm up quickly during the summer...

Loon LakeLoon Lake

Natural lake with excellent sandy beach and clear warm water...

Sunset Bay State ParkSunset Bay

Sheltered shallow cove, protected by sea cliffs and sandstone bluffs...

Butler Bar Campground - Elk River Elk River

Elk River swimming holes offer a great opportunity to enjoy refreshing dips...

Disclaimer
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!



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