Keenig Creek – Wilson River

Keenig Creek Wilson River

Keenig Creek - Wilson River

Keenig Creek

Keenig Creek - Wilson River

Keenig Creek

A wide stretch of the Wilson River at Keening Creek Campground
Secluded swimming holes with swimming, jumping off rock swings, and fishing opportunities

Located along a wide stretch of the Wilson River, a Keenig Creek Area is an excellent scenic spot to cool off and get more enjoyment out of the summer season without big crowds. Below the bridge in the rocky river canyon, is a large and deep pool with dark emerald colored water. A short trail on the east side of the bridge brings you to the river bank. The prominent rock outcropping along the river bank is used for sunbathing, swimming, and fishing. There is a trail down to the river on the west side of the bridge.

A rope swing is tied to the bridge bottom. A huge rock over 20-foot in height under bridge is used as a platform to swing before launching into the water. Some extreme adventure lovers jump off the bridge.

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

Approximatelly 0.4 miles further along Wolf Creek Road at the Keenig Creek, there is a rustic Keenig Creek campground. The campground has 12 walk-in tent sites with a tent pad, picnic table, and a fire grate. Two day-use picnicking sites and a trailhead of Wilson River Trail are located at Keenig Creek Campground.

There are other excellent swimming spots along the Wilson River:

Wilson River Footbridge
Wilson River Smith Homestead


Keenig Creek | General Description

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

Services: None
Activities: Swimming, cliff jumping, rope swinging, fishing, hiking
Accommodations: Keenig Creek Campground

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

Elevation: 400 ft (122 m)

Footbridge Day-Use Area is located:

  • 17.9 miles northeast of Tillamook
  • 56 miles west of Portland
  • 95 miles northwest of Salem.

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

Directions to Keenig Creek

From Portland,

  • Drive on US 26 west to Highway OR 6
  • Bear slight left onto OR 6 towards Banks or Tillamook and continue 33.8 miles on OR 6 to Wolf Creek Road
  • Turn left onto Wolf Creek Road and cross the bridge, park your car just after the bridge
  • For Keenig Creek Campground drive 0.4 miles further.

Phone: 866-930-4646

GPS: N 45°32.750' W 123°36.400' | 45.5458, -123.6067

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