Three Pools Day Use Area

  

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

If you are travelling to Three Pools area, be prepared to be flexible as others may have arrived before you and the site could be at capacity and unable to accommodate you. Here are few things to consider:

  • Tightly packed cars and resulting congestion can prevent emergency vehicle access; park only in designated spots.
  • Be prepared for crowds and carpool if at all possible.
  • The fees (cash or check only) collected at recreation sites pay for the maintenance of that site; there is a fee at Three Pools, Opal Creek Trail and the Little North Fork Trail.
  • Remember, glass bottles are not allowed at Three Pools and the use of marijuana on federal lands is illegal.
  • Please practice “Leave No Trace” on your visit. For more information about the seven principles of LNT: https://lnt.org/learn/seven-principles-overview

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
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: NO campfires permitted
Glass bottles and containers are prohibited
No parking along Forest Service Road 2207 for 1/2 mile on either site of the entrance to Three Pools. Temporary occupancy and use restrictions may go into effect when parking area is full. No entry into the area will be permitted during these times.
Closest Towns: Gates, Oregon (10.8 miles)
Mill City, Oregon (14.2 miles)
Mehama, Oregon (17.4 miles)
Water: No
Passes: Recreation Passes allow holder one vehicle free access to park at this site.
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information

Directions:

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:

While Three Pools is extremely popular with visitors, this area does not have water or trash service available, NO campfires are permitted, Glass bottles are prohibited, and there is no cell phone service. The nearest emergency telephone is at the Elkhorn Fire Department about 6 miles west on the North Fork Road.

What's Nearby:

Opal Creek Wilderness

Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Area

Shady Cove Campground


Parking:

Tightly packed cars and resulting congestion can prevent emergency vehicle access; please park only in designated spots. Vehicles cannot park along Forest Road 2207 within 1/2 mile to either side of the Three Pools Day Use entrance. Temporary occupancy and use restrictions may go into effect when parking area is full. No entry into the area will be permitted during these times. 


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