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Day Use Site 4: Molalla River Swimming

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Day Use Site 4: Molalla River Swimming

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  • Deep water for big jumps on the Molalla River.- Day Use Site 4: Molalla River Swimming
  • Shallower side stream at this Molalla River swimming hole.- Day Use Site 4: Molalla River Swimming
  • Easy access to swimming on the Molalla River.- Day Use Site 4: Molalla River Swimming
  • Day Use Site 4 on the Molalla River.- Day Use Site 4: Molalla River Swimming
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Pros: 
Lots of sunshine. Easy access. Deep pool for jumping. Shallow sidestreams.
Cons: 
May be littered. Limited parking.
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Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

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Visitors will find plenty of sunshine at Day Use Site 4. As you drive up the watershed, signs marking the site number as well as specific restrictions regarding day use can be found mounted in the trees. The numbers referenced here match the numbers on the signs along the river. 

Here, large flat rocks for spreading out your towels and blowing up rafts make this a good swimming hole for a crew of people or a couple of families. Deep water with river-level rocks offer the opportunity for easy cannonballs.  

With a short easy access trail of roughly 20 feet, this spot makes a quick transition from hot car to cold water. This location is probably better suited to decent swimmers as there is primarily deep water here, in addition to a current that will swing swimmers downstream. With that said, there are shallower wading areas available for the younger set.  

This location doesn't see a lot of shade, so picnics here will be in full sun. The entire watershed is limited in its development. All visitors will need to pack out their trash and be mindful to Leave No Trace.  Even cigarette butts and fruit rinds can ruin the experience for the next group of swimmers. To protect this fragile environment, take care to leave the location better than you found it. 

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