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Salmon Falls

North Fork of the Santiam River

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Salmon Falls on the North Fork of the Santiam River.- Salmon Falls
  • Salmon Falls on the North Fork of the Santiam River.- Salmon Falls
  • Shallow pools above Salmon Falls.- Salmon Falls
  • Forest within Salmon Falls County Park.- Salmon Falls
  • Picnic area at the parking lot.- Salmon Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Swimming. Relaxing in the sun.
Cons: 
Cold water.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Location Type: 
River (moving slowly)
Cliff jumping: 
Yes
Greatest Height: 
22 ft (7 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Light rain in the morning.
61°F
44°

Sat

Partly cloudy until afternoon.
66°F
44°

Sun

Partly cloudy throughout the day.
69°F
43°

Mon

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
66°F
47°

Tue

Mostly cloudy in the morning.
75°F
49°

Wed

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
82°F
46°

Thu

Partly cloudy in the morning.
85°F
53°
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Few places offer a better escape from the summer heat than the Opal Creek Wilderness.  In fact, if you don’t mind the company of other visitors, the crystal clear waters of the Little North Santiam River provide the best swimming holes in the state.  If you are on your way to Opal Creek or Three Pools, stop off at Salmon Falls to take the big 22-foot plunge off of the concrete fish ladder on the south side of the falls.  If you are just looking to bask in the sun for an afternoon, venture up the river from the falls and find a spot anywhere along the river’s sunny banks.

Cliff Jumping Safety

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.

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