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Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha

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  • Parking at the end of the Snyder Bridge.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • Church Street crosses the Snyder Bridge.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • The North Santiam above the bridge.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • The North Santiam below the bridge slows into a deep pool.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • The North Santiam below the bridge slows into a deep pool.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • Rocks jut out and form ideal platforms.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • North Santiam, Idanha.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • The Snyder Bridge crossing the North Santiam, Idanha.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • Excellent swimming below the Snyder Bridge along the North Santiam.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • The cliff faces pose some challenges for getting back out of the water.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • The Snyder Bridge crossing the North Santiam.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • Emerald pools below the Snyder Bridge.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • Emerald pools below the Snyder Bridge.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
  • The Snyder Bridge, Idanha.- Snyder Bridge Swimming Hole, Idanha
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy to find. Deep, beautiful water.
Cons: 
Cliffs along the water make access a challenge. Small river bank area. Parking is limited.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Cliff jumping
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Those who commute on Oregon’s Highway 22 between Salem and the Cascades may be familiar with Idanha as a small town with a few houses and a country store along the highway just southeast of Detroit. If you are in the area in the summer, Idanha is where you start to lose the crowds of campers, boaters, and swimmers that flock to Detroit Lake in the summer. Sure, you may find a few that are staying at campgrounds a little farther up the road such as Whispering Falls or Riverside, but most of the people looking to escape the summer heat stay close to the banks of the reservoir, which suits this local swimming hole just fine.

The Snyder Bridge crosses the North Santiam River and unites Idanha to New Idanha, a more residential section of the town. Beneath it the North Santiam collects into a deep pool that is surrounded by 15-foot rock faces, forming an absolutely stunning respite from summer temperatures. Access to and from the water can be a challenge because there is little in the way of a riverbank unless you move farther downstream. A little climbing and ingenuity will get swimmers to back up, however, and there is plenty of room to lay out on the rocks on a hot day. This pool is a great opportunity to catch a little of the North Santiam River before it collects into the more crowded and popular Detroit Lake.

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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