This collection of deep pools along the East Fork Lewis River is an amazing escape from the summer heat and quite possibly the best swimming hole and cliff jumping spot in the Portland area. If you can’t make it after work on a weekday, be sure to come early to claim a spot, since Moulton Falls Park fills up quickly on weekends. If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, travel 2.7 miles west of Moulton Falls to visit the picturesque Lucia Falls, another series of cascades that tumble through rifts in the basalt riverbed. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed at Lucia Falls Park.
Note: Jumping from the high bridge is not permitted.
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.