Lyons: A great place to relax and enjoy nature


Located just over 25 miles from the state capitol of Salem in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley, Lyons is easily accessible just off of Highway 22 on your way up the Cascade Mountain Range.

The fishing and floating opportunities on the waters of the North Santiam River are the main attraction for visitors to the 30-acre John Neal Memorial Park. While camping or picnicking at John Neal, visitors can search for the park’s abundant wildlife on trails which wind through wetlands and beaver ponds.

To visit this little gem on the North Santiam River, turn north on 13th Street in  Lyons, follow this road to the end where the campground is nestled in groves of large fir trees lining the river.  The campground is open from mid-April through mid-October and offers 40 campsites, potable water, showers, and restrooms. The day use facilities include picnic sites, a playground, boat ramp, hiking trail and a reservable picnic shelter. A camp host is on site from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.

Lyons is surrounded by a panoramic view of mountains to the north and south, These mountains are covered with tall firs, cedars and hardwoods – a scenic location to hike, bike, swim, boat, float and other outdoor activities, OR, just relax and listen to the river rush by.

The North Santiam River rushes along the northern edge of town and is teeming with salmon and steelhead, appealing to fishermen of all ages. We invite you to join us on a river vacation adventure. Unplug from your daily life and reconnect with family and friends where the water runs clean, the air is pure and the mountains define the skyline.

Raft through vast canyonlands and witness first-hand the North Santiam River’s years of force in shaping an unsurpassed and unique geological marvel. At times the river plunges through rapids, and others gently glides through peaceful settings past swimming holes, parks, and secluded natural areas.  The water is warmer than many mountain rivers in the summer months with numerous rapids of varying difficulty from splashy runs to adrenaline-pumping drops. It is the quintessential family river.

The area boasts numerous restaurants if you decide that you just don’t feel like cooking at the end of the day. Mix and match your vacation itinerary with your family’s personal interests. Have an adventure loaded with fun while making memories with the entire family. This isn’t just a great place to visit; it’s a great place to live!

If you love mountain scenery, boating or wildlife, Lyons is a great  vacation destination.