Everybody wants to go swimming in a beautiful forested river setting on a hot summer day, but nobody wants to take home their garbage when the leave. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Located 26 miles east of the coastal town Reedsport, a popular summer destination Smith River Falls Recreation Site features excellent swimming and rock jumping pools and flat rock ledges for relaxing an sunbathing. This area is brushy and hard to move with a fish on, but is definitely worth the effort. Gorgeous scenery! Smith River Falls Recreation Site is located in the river rocky canyon right off Smith River Road. m_gallery_type = "photo"; River swimming seems to bring out the worst in outdoor users. Large flat and rounded rock ledges with interesting potholes serve as a great platform for relaxing between swimming and jumping activities. m_gallery_id = "18216018"; That's the same regulations as for Three Pools near Opal Creek in the Willamette National Forest, perhaps the best-known and most legendary spot for river swimming in northwest Oregon. MIDDLE FORK SMITH RIVER [MIDS]: After you pass the Jedediah Smith S. P. on scenic route 199, the road begins to parallel the Middle Fork Smith River for about 33 miles, eventually going into Oregon. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; Rock & Mineral Collecting – Central Oregon, Rock & Mineral Collecting – Southern Oregon, Alsea Falls – Recreation Site | Oregon Coast Range, Drive north on Highway 101 to Smith River Road. These  waters drop lower and warm up faster than the rivers coming off the Cascades. Along with swimming, Smith River Falls Recreation Area, operated by BLM, offers camping, fishing, and hiking. A 33 mile drive from Crescent City to the Oregon Border along route 197 or walk/hike the trail that begins near Crescent City. Surrounded by old-growth alders and fir trees, the beautiful cascading Smith River Falls is formed by the 90-mile Smith River. Smith River: The Smith River is a most special and endangered place; it is the only undammed river of its size flowing through California, yet threatened by industrial nickel strip mining. Please respect the place and leave no trace. Read more. This website visitors assume full responsibility for any use of this information and are encouraged to contact local agencies directly to inquire about the most up-to-date information and regulations. It is easy to get wrong directions because the roads are not clearly marked . Helpful. This year when I checked in, I noticed new user policies: no alcohol, no glass bottles and parking in designated spots only. River swimming holes tend to have one of the highest collections of garbage of anywhere on a national forest, or BLM land, that is used for recreation. Once your feet hit parking lot pavement, a mere 64 steps separate you from Three Pools’ calm aquamarine “shallows” (ahem, they’re still 12 feet deep) near a towel-ready pebble beach. GPS: N 43°47.312' W 123°49.038' | 43.78854, -123.8173, Your email address will not be published. The river flows from the north of Drain, through mountains of the Coast Range, and, finally, empties into the Umpqua River, roughly 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean. m_gallery_pagetype = "embed"; No specific directions - look for parked cars and folks enjoying the water (on a warm day, there may be many!). Day-use fees: None All rights reserved (About Us). Around Portland: Drive up the Clackamas River, which itself can run fairly brisk and cold, to its Collawash tributary (this is the route to Bagby Hot Springs). Surrounded by old-growth alders and fir trees, the beautiful cascading Smith River Falls is formed by the 90-mile Smith River. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; The Smith River rises in the southwest Lane County foothills and flows between the Siuslaw River … As levels rise, you can always go higher up, or try some of the side creeks. The Potamoi (Greek river gods) themselves might well have carved out this impossibly clear trifecta of swimming holes along the Little North Fork Santiam River. Beach: Rock ledges This river makes a fine boating destination in the rainy season, offering a wide variety of sections to choose depending on flow conditions. I encountered just such a person back in 2007, at the Eugene BLM's Lake Creek swimming hole. m_gallery_json = "https://blog.oregonlive.com/photogallery/4450/18216018.json"; Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. An easier path to the top of the waterfall can be found on the left of the parking area. Medford, Oregon 1,842 contributions 345 helpful votes. Terry Richard [email protected] 503-221-8222; @trichardpdx. The reason is obvious: river swimmers tend not to use public lands as much as hikers, bikers, fishermen or campers, so they don't treat it with quite the same respect.