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Discover your local swimming hole

Posted by Teresa Huntsinger at Jul 16, 2012 11:05 AM |

Find a place to strip down and cool off in Oregon this summer, and leave your spot cleaner than you found it by taking the Love Your River challenge!

crater lake jumpingAh, summer in Oregon. Bright sunny days, bustling farmers markets and afternoons spent at your favorite water spot!

OEC is full of outdoor enthusiasts, and we have a number of suggestions for where you can strip down and cool off when the temperatures start to climb. All that we ask is you pack a trash bag next to your towel and help leave these summer spots cleaner than when you found them. Take this month’s Love Your River challenge by pledging to pick up trash (or clean up after your pet) on your next water adventure, and you could win a set of trekking poles and some dog accessories from our friends at REI! Take the challenge here!

Find your water spot

There are great swimming holes to be discovered all over Oregon. Visit to find the one closest to you, or better yet, add your favorite to the Oregon map. If you like your water warmer, check out Oregon hot springs at

Portland-area swimmers can turn to this blog or these reader comments for local tips, as well as the Portland Mercury for river floating advice.

Would you swim in the Willamette River? Thousands will on July 29 during this year’s Big Float.

If you’re looking for swimming holes in the Willamette Valley, you’ll want to check out this page.

And for those exploring Central Oregon, the Bend Bulletin has you covered.

Southern Oregon’s Rogue, Illinois and Applegate rivers have so many great swimming holes, nobody has bothered to list them all on one website! Here’s a rundown of a few notable waterfalls in Southern Oregon. If you have suggestions for other websites, or are willing to divulge your favorite swimming hole, please add a comment below.  

Swim safely

Never underestimate the power of cold, moving water and the difference a life jacket can make. Last summer, 21 people died in Oregon and SW Washington waterways between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Please be safe while you’re enjoying Oregon’s rivers!

image by Powderruns

Oregon's Swimming Holes

Posted by Jake at May 07, 2013 11:04 AM
I didn't see listed Relan Colley's field guide "Oregon's Swimming Holes". It has been out of print since 1995 but is coming back this summer as an app for your iPhone or iPad.

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