Wilson River Footbridge

Wilson River Footbridge

Wilson River Footbridge

Wilson River Footbridge


One of the excellent swimming holes on the Tillamook National Forest
A fantastic stretch of the Wilson River with shallow and deep pools, rapids, waterfall, and footbridge

If the idea of dealing with blustering crowds on a hot summer day sucks every last bit of energy out of you, the Wilson River in the Tillamook National Forest including the Footbridge area would prove to be best swimming hole for you. The serenity of the Wilson River Footbridge will release every bit of tension you are holding on to.

It would not be an exaggeration to state that this might be the most inviting and the calmest stretch of slow moving water that you will find in the entire Pacific Northwest. The beach, however, is made of river rock and is not sandy which may be a turn-off for some, but the large rocks are equally comfortable to relax and enjoy the sun.

This spot features much deeper pools near the cliffs and under a footbridge. Also, there are shallow places for wading and kids splashing. Rapids are used for tubing and the  footbridge for extreme jumping.

Cautions: Cliff and bridge jumping, slippery rocks are associated with risks, please use caution and make safe decisions.

There are other excellent swimming spots along the Wilson River:

Wilson River at Keenig Creek
Wilson River Smith Homestead


Footbridge Day-Use | General Description

Open: Year-round from sunrise to sunset
Managed: Oregon Department of Forestry
Location: Tillamook State Forest

Services: Toilet, garbage service, picnic sites, drinking water at Tillamook Forest Center
Activities: Swimming, fishing, hiking
Accommodations: Keenig Creek Campground - 1.1 miles southeast

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Popularity: Moderate

Elevation: 400 ft (122 m)

Footbridge Day-Use Area is located:

  • 19.6 miles northeast of Tillamook
  • 53 miles west of Portland
  • 92 miles northwest of Salem.

Swimming hole rating: 4 out of 5
Water body: River, waterfalls
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to Moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: River rocks, rock formations, sand
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm

Directions to Footbridge

From Tillamook,

  • Travel 19.6 miles on Highway OR-6 northeast to milepost 20 at the Footbridge Day-Use Area (on your left).

From Portland,

  • Drive on US 26 west to Highway OR-6
  • Bear slight left onto OR-6 towards Banks or Tillamook
  • Continue 31.6 miles on OR-6 to the destination on the right.

Phone: 866-930-4646
Oregon State Forest

GPS: N 45°33.789' W 123°35.090' | 45.563146, -123.584829

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