Sandy beach
Cliff jumping
Hike-in Required
Sensitive Habitat
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required


Easy to find. Deep, beautiful water.


Cliffs along the water make access a challenge. Small river bank area. Parking is limited.



One of the photos listed as parking for this area (parking at the end of the bridge is actually private property and has no trespassing signs. Would you please update this post and remove the photo? Many people try to access this swimming hole from the south side of the bridge which is also private property and is fenced. It is a beautiful spot for swimming if you can access it from the highway side. (-:
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