When it comes to cooling off during the months of July, August and early September, when the temperatures start to soar, most Oregonians flock to the local rivers. Few rivers, however, are host to as many swimming holes as the Clackamas.
Unlike some of the other swimming holes on the Clackamas, such as The Narrows, this swimming hole and day use area can easily be missed while traveling down Highway 224. Tucked away next to Carter Bridge, it's the inconspicuous setting that makes it such a great summer retreat. You won't find too many people camped out on its little sandy beach, and the cliff-jumping spot is just directly below the bridge.
Easily mistaken for a primitive campground, this day-use area along the Clackamas River unfortunately doesn't permit overnight camping. However, Carter Bridge Campground is right on the other side of the highway.
Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.