Wildwood Falls on Row River – Swimming & Hiking

Wildwood Falls

Wildwood Falls

Wildwood Falls

Wildwood Falls

Wildwood Falls

Beautiful but dangerous swimming hole, not recommended for families with kids



Wildwood Falls is a great scenic spot with a dark-green pool, cliff walls, and waterfalls on the Row River. Located in the western foothills of the Umpqua National Forest known as Willamette Foothills, this 3.4-acre large site consists of Wildwood Falls or LaSells Stewart Lane County Parks.

The wide 15-foot-high Wildwood Falls also known as River Row Falls pour off a lava ridge through the channels into the deep large pool. It is no shock that the main activities in this area are swimming, cliff jumping, scuba diving, rafting, and hiking. Spend a few hours relaxing here and you will realize how fast you’ll get hooked.

Swimming

The LaSells Stewart Park at Row River Road provides easier access to the swimming area. Access to the swimming area on the opposite side of the river at Forest Road 17 requires some care. You need either to cross the stream above the waterfalls and climb down on the opposite side or use a rope access to go down because the slope is too steep. The river bank consists of small boulders and river rocks.

Cautions: Wildwood Falls is known as one of the best swimming holes. However, cliff jumping and swimming in this location is associated with risks and even death. Do not swim when the water levels are high. It is dangerous to swim directly below the falls because of the strong and violent undercurrent. There is a small underwater cavern behind the waterfalls where you could be trapped and sucked.

Hiking

Wildwood Falls is also a great place for hiking. The loop trail is 0.1 miles long and is good for any skill levels. It is a really wonderful place to visit during the hot summers, where you get to blow off some steam and take that much needed and deserved break.



Wildwood Falls | General Description

Open: Year-round from dawn to dusk
Managed: Lane County
Location: LaSells D Stewart County Park

Services: Portable restroom from June through September, picnic area with grills
Activities: Swimming, diving, hiking, climbing
Accommodations: No camping in the park area

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes (Buy a pass online)
Popularity: Low to moderate

Elevation: 1,000 ft (305 m)

Wildwood Falls is located:

  • 17 miles southeast of Cottage Grove
  • 38 miles southeast of Eugene
  • 67 miles northeast of Roseburg

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Water body: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate, waterfalls undercurrent
Depth: Deep
Beach: River rocks and boulders
Water T° (summer): Cool



Directions to LaSells Stewart Park

From I-5,

  • Take exit 174 toward Cottage Grove & Dorena Lake
  • Drive 4.1 miles east on Row River Road
  • Bear right on Government Road and Shoreview Drive and continue 6.6 miles
  • Merge onto Row River Road and follow 5.1 miles
  • Turn left after mileposts 17 and continue 0.2 miles to the parking area.

Phone: (541) 682-2000

Buy Passes & Permits Online

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Directions to Wild Falls Area

From I-5,

  • Take exit 174 toward Cottage Grove & Dorena Lake
  • Drive 4.1 miles east on Row River Road
  • Bear right on Government Road and Shoreview Drive and continue 6.6 miles
  • Merge onto Row River Road and follow 4.6 miles to Lower Brice Creek Road
  • Continue 0.8 miles to Wildwood Falls Park on the right.

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