Three Pools Day Use Area


The Three Pools Day Use Area is a popular summer destination with spectacular emerald pools attracting well over 15,000 visitors each year, primarily for swimming.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Toilets
Fees $5/vehicle/day
Open Season: All year
Usage: Heavy
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information


12 miles northwest of Detroit

From Salem, follow Hwy 22 east to Mehama. Turn on Little North Santiam Road (FS 2209) and proceed for 17 miles to Three Pools Day Use Area.

General Notes:
  • NO water
  • NO campfires permitted
  • Garbage service

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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Toilets Vault