Swimming at Three Pools

Oregon Three Pools Parking Area

Added by Chandler Schoonmaker

  • Easy access
  • Cliff Jumping from multiple locations
  • Family Friendly
  • Busy on weekends
  • Lots of places to safely swim
  • 5 dollar parking fee

To get there from Salem, Follow Hwy. 22 east to Mehama. Turn on Little North Santiam Road (FS 2209) and proceed for 12 miles to Three Pools Day Use Area.

Three Pools is by far one of the most popular swimming holes in the Northwest. With multiple swimming holes within just feet from one another it attracts over 15,000 people a year. Super clear water with a couple different locations to cliff jump from makes it the perfect summer get away. Near the bottom there is a calmer section that would make great for those with little kids.

Its easy to avoid the water with strong current, but always be aware of your surroundings. Swimming and cliff jumping can both be very dangerous even though you're at a moderately safe place with lots of people. Be sure to check out all the current conditions and dangers.

Have a blast at Three Pools and don't forget your sunscreen!

Pack List

  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Chillin, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn



Cliff Jumping
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Swimming Hole

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8 months ago


Such a fun trip with my two best friends. Definitely hard to get to but it was so worth it swimming under the sun, jumping off of rocks and taking beautiful pictures. Would do it again in a heartbeat. (Most fun in hot hot hot weather)

8 months ago

Added by Chandler Schoonmaker

19 year old photographer/videographer.

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