Yellowbottom Swimming – Quartzville Creek

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Yellowbottom and Quartzville Creeks are known from 1863 for the quartz rock formations with gold in the mines. Free recreational gold panning and rock hounding are still allowed in this area. Named as Yellowbottom Creek, the Yellowbottom Recreation Site now offers a swimmer's paradise facilitated by a designated campground and picnic sites. This beautiful spot is friendly for families with kids. Pets are welcome as well.

The swimming area features a large pool of clear emerald waters with shallow and deep spots. Yellow rocks on the bottom look like hidden gold. The beach is composed of sand and gravel. A huge rock on the left of the beach is good for climbing and jumping.

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


General Description

Access allowed: May - September
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: Yes
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Low to Moderate

Accommodations: Yellowbottom Campground - 22 tent sites
Location: Yellowbottom Recreation Site
County: Linn
Managed: BLM
GPS coordinates: 44.587, -122.372
Elevation: 1,410 ft (430 m)

Yellowbottom Recreation Site is located:

  • 30 miles northeast of Sweet Home
  • 74 miles northeast of Eugene
  • 81 miles southeast of Salem
  • 86 miles northwest of Bend
  • 128 miles southeast of Portland.

Address: Milepost 24, Quartzville Drive


Water body: River
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sand, gravel, and river rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool


Rock jumping
Rope swinging


Vault toilets
Hand pump drinking water
Garbage service
Picnic sites

Driving Directions to Yellowbottom Recreation Site

  • From I-5, take exit 228 for OR-34 East toward Lebanon
  • Turn left onto OR-34 East and follow 5.4 miles to Airport Drive
  • Merge onto Denny School Road on the right and continue onto Airport Drive for 2.2 miles to US-20
  • Turn right onto US-20 East/Main Street and drive for about 19 miles to Quartzville Road
  • Turn left onto Quartzville Road and follow 24 miles to the destination on the right.

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