For the next three to four months the cold weather is gone, and the warm weather is here! One of my favorite summer adventures is finding new swimming holes to spend the day at.
We live in a beautiful state, it’d be hard to make a list of all of the swimming holes in this gold mine of a state! However here are 10 of my top favorites.
Three Pools | North Fork
Family friendly | Day use fee $5 | 45 miles East of Salem
Along the little North Fork Santiam River there are two swimming holes. Both are incredibly crystal clear and both become busier and busier with each passing year. If you are willing to sacrifice the easy access, towel ready pebble beaches, and near average 64* degrees on average during August; for the crowds that come with it. Then this may be the place for you! These pools average at about 12 feet deep, but you can see straight to the bottom.
Family Friendly | Linn County, 92 miles Southeast of Salem
The name says it all, 100 feet at the lake deepest spot you can see clear to the bottom. This lake is primarily fed by snow runoff, and submerged at the bottom of the lack you can find upright trees that were killed approximately 3,000 years ago by volcanic activity from Crater Lake.
This swimming hole is a bit of a drive, located 92 miles Southeast of Salem. However it’s well worth the weekend trip. You can find people doing things such as paddleboarding, swimming, and canoeing.
The Narrows | Narrows
Cliff Jumping | Swimming Hole | 44 miles East from Portland | Mt Hood / Clackamas River Area
The Narrows has been carved out by the Clackamas River that had pushed its way through an ancient basalt lava flow. The river comes to a slow as the bed deepens, allowing for an amazing summer-day retreat. With an average of 64 degrees on an August day, The narrows is awesome for swimming, cliff jumping, and overnight stays with plenty of nearby camping.
Primitive campsites provided | Back country | Hiking | Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
A little over an hour drive from Portland, this hike packs a rewarding punch for just being 1-mile long. The end of the trail features a cool and rocky riverfront beach that fronts the Alder Flats swimming hole. Immerse yourself in a forest of Douglas Firs, and spend your afternoon by the river. What makes this section of the River ideal is that the crowds tend to stay away due to the one-mile hike in.
The Deschutes River
Bend, OR | Family-Friendly | Tubing, Kayaking, white water rafting, and paddle boarding
The best part about the Deschutes is that you’ll never be far from the beautiful city of Bend. Also, the options are endless. From swimming to whitewater rafting you are sure to find an activity that suits the entire family. The Deschutes has been rated one of the region's top swimming holes. Take advantage of the river’s warm waters and camp overnight at one of the many campgrounds along the river.
Note: Due to the lack of precipitation during the season, during July 1st to September 30th fires are banned.
Blog written by, Maddie Wells