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.

Safety First!

  • 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
Restrictions: 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)
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

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:

Nearest emergency telephone is at the Elkhorn Fire Department about 6 miles west on the North Fork Road.

 

What's Nearby:


Parking:

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.  

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.


Activities


Picnicking

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Water Activities

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Amenities

Toilets Vault