Three Pools Day Use Area


The Three Pools Day Use Area is a popular summer destination with spectacular emerald pools and several picnic sites. Three Pools attracts well over 15,000 visitors each year.

Many rivers and creeks have seasonal fluctuations and CAN BE dangerous with swift currents and undertows, and cold water. The water is usually the swiftest in spring to early summer.

Avoid serious injury- avoid climbing, jumping or diving from rocks or logs.

Know your swimming skill.

Always swim with a buddy.

Have a flotation device with you, on you, or near you at all times when swimming.

Always supervise children

There is no cell service at this site.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Park hours are from dawn until dusk
Area Amenities: Toilets
Fees $5 per vehicle per day
Open Season: All year
Usage: Heavy
  • Glass Bottles are banned from this site
  • No parking along gravel road FSR 2207 for 1/2 mile on either site of the entrance to Three Pools
Closest Towns:
  • Gates, Oregon (10.8 miles)
  • Mill City, Oregon (14.2 miles)
  • Mehama, Oregon (17.4 miles)
Passes: Recreation Passes allow holder one vehicle free access to park at this site
  • Northwest Forest Pass - Annual/Day Pass
  • Golden Age/Access Pass
  • Interagency Senior/Access/Military Pass
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information

From Salem, Oregon, travel east on State Highway 22 to Mehama.
At milepost 23, turn left (north) onto Little North Fork Road (next to the Oregon Department of Forestry building) and proceed for 15.3 miles to the Forest Boundary. Continue of gravel, FS Road 2209 for 1.3 miles to the intersection of FS Road 2207. Turn right and continue another 0.8 miles to Three Pools Day Use Area on the right

General Notes:
  • NO water available
  • NO campfires permitted
  • Glass bottles are prohibited
  • Garbage service
  • NO Cell Service

(Nearest Cell service is near the top of Gates Hill Road or near Highway 22 in Mehama)

Close to:


To reduce congestion that causes traffic safety problems, vehicles cannot park along Forest Road 2207 within 1/2 mile to either side of the Three Pools Day Use entrance.

A new parking area has been constructed and accommodates about 90 vehicles.



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