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Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Sensitive Habitat
Yes
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Easily one of the most popular swimming holes in the Willamette Foothills, Wildwood Falls doesn’t disappoint. Here the Row River (not Brice Creek, as is commonly assumed) plunges over two drops totaling approximately 20 feet before recollecting itself in an enormous, deep pool. A crescent of sheer cliff faces loom above the pool, providing many an intrepid leaper with more than enough airtime before splashing into the refreshing water below. The bold jump from the very highest levels, while several smaller ledges are great alternatives for the more restrained.

The swim is deep and absolutely delicious, though currents near the falls themselves can be dangerously strong. In fact, Wildwood has been the location of several fatalities and debilitating injuries. Swimmers underestimating the currents, jumpers landing in insufficiently deep water, divers injuring their backs or necks…you name it, it happens here almost every year. Before you commit to any gravity-facilitated thrills here, please take the time to inspect the surroundings, assess your fitness and skill levels, and make smart choices. 

Anyone who has spent the day here at Wildwood knows that getting in is the easy part. Getting back out takes ingenuity and a little climbing. The cliffs surrounding the pool must be scaled for another opportunity to jump; generally the climbing isn’t difficult, but it does take some time. Alternately, visitors may find a rope tied to a tree a little downstream from the main pool where there is more of a riverbank. Veterans to Wildwood will also be familiar with the crowds on weekends. The environment here can take on more of a party atmosphere, unfortunately, and this can completely transform the experience. Music, drinking, and litter aren’t uncommon, and it is really only a matter of time before such use results in access limitations. Be strategic with your visits and aim for weekdays and earlier times. Collecting a little extra litter goes a long way toward keeping this place feeling natural.

If the crowds are in full swing here, try nearby Sharps Creek or Brice Creek for smaller options.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Lane County Parks

Pros

Large, deep pool. Cliffs. Waterfall. Easy access.

Cons

Jumping hazards. Climbing difficulty. Heavy crowds and garbage.

Address

Lower Brice Creek Rd
38563
Dorena, OR 97434
United States

Features

Sensitive Habitat

Location

Field Guide

Comments

06.10.17
Hi, the information you have is inaccurate. This is a Lane County Park and requires a day-use pass or annual pass. I would also take "swimming hole" out of the title. It is misleading. 20 people have passed away due to jumping and getting caught under the caves. Please post this information to help visitors make informed decisions. Thanks!

https://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/listing/wildwood-falls/4782/

“It’s a dangerous place to recreate because the falls create a violent undercurrent,” Sheriff Sgt. Carrie Carver said today. “And there are deep areas where people can become trapped or sucked under and pinned.”

http://projects.registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33156809-75/vigil-planned-for-university-of-oregon-teen-who-died-at-wildwood-falls.html.csp
07.08.16
The pool hosts another interesting feature. The rock overhang where jumpers enter the pool has a hollow underside creating an air pocket and a sort of underwater cave. DO NOT swim up into the cave. The air becomes quite stale and has caused swimmers to pass out and drown.
I have entered the cave on SCUBA and watched jumpers and divers from below. There is a rock jutting out and many of them narrowly missed some nasty contact with the rocks.
This is a lovely place, but be cautious. During heavy water flow the pool is not safe even for divers.
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