When the summertime comes around in Oregon, there are few better ways to spend a hot day than going for a swim in a beautiful location. Oregon is packed full of gorgeous, pristine bodies of water, from riverside swimming holes and waterfall basins to hot springs and hidden lakes. Check out these lovely hidden gem swimming spots in Oregon for an unforgettable experience:
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12. Punchbowl Falls
Located in the Columbia River Gorge, Punchbowl Falls is a beautiful waterfall with a large, smooth basin that's a perfect swimming spot on a hot day. To get there, hike along the legendary Eagle Creek Trail for about 2 miles and then take a turn to follow a path down to the water.
11. Lost Lake
Lost Lake is a spectacular hidden gem tucked away in the Mt Hood National Forest. It's a great place to swim, hike, boat, picnic, camp, and more.
10. Three Pools
Hidden away on the North Fork of the Lower Santiam River are three deep, clear swimming holes, loving called Three Pools. The spot can be tricky to find, but it's well worth the trouble.
9. Steelhead Falls
Located on the beautiful Deschutes River near Bend, this wondrous waterfall is just upstream from a great spot to swim in the summer months.
8. Paulina Lake
Located within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Central Oregon, Paulina Lake is a spectacular mountaintop body of water that will blow you away. Come summertime, taking a dip in this pristine, turquoise lake is basically unbeatable.
7. Cavitt Creek Falls
Surrounded by emerald green forests, Cavitt Creek Falls is a wonderful hidden gem swimming hole. There's also a campsite nearby that makes for a great summertime getaway destination.
6. Wallowa Lake
Nestled into the foothills of the magnificent Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon, Wallowa Lake is a one of a kind beauty where you can swim, boat, hike, camp, and more.
5. Opal Creek / Pool
Located within the mesmerizing Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, Opal Pool is a stunning hidden gem swimming hole that can be reached by hiking the 10-mile Opal Pool-Cedar Flats trail.
4. Bagby Hot Springs
Nestled away in the Mt Hood National Forest, Bagby Hot Springs is an amazing hidden gem that can only be reached on a short hike through the woods. It's not so much of a swimming spot, but it's a great place to soak in warm, relaxing waters surrounded by lush scenery.
3. Clear Lake
Located in Linn County, Clear Lake is a wonderful place to spend a hot summer day swimming, boating, camping, hiking, or simply lounging in the sun soaking in the natural beauty of this area.
2. Summer Lake Hot Spring
Located near the charming town of Paisley, Summer Lake Hot Springs is a unique, little known hot spring resort surrounded by miles and miles of wide open countryside. Stay overnight or just for the day; a rejuvenating dip in the warm mineral spring waters is a lovely experience.
1. Brice Creek
Located near Cottage Grove is the enchanting Brice Creek, along which you'll find numerous gorgeous swimming holes that will drop your jaw.