About Sweet Home

The Oregon Jamboree is proud to call Sweet Home its home for 21 years. Some say Sweet Home is the Gateway to the Santiam Playground. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the historic logging town of Sweet Home sits at the heart of a recreational playground. Hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, camping, rock climbing, boating, and water sports of all sorts keep locals and tourists active year-round.


The picturesque Linn county is dotted with covered bridges, many of which date back to the early 1900’s. The historic Weddle Bridge sits on the festival grounds of the Oregon Jamboree.

History buffs can learn more about the area by visiting the East Linn Museum in Sweet Home, which displays generations of artifacts that depict the many phases of Sweet Home’s rich heritage.

Water Recreation

The Foster and Green Peter reservoirs are an anglers dream — teeming with trout, kokanee and bass. The lakes boast a combined 66 miles of shoreline and five boat ramps, making them ideal destinations for boaters, water skiers, sunbathers, picnickers and anyone looking to enjoy the great Northwest. The South Santiam River, which runs through the length of Sweet Home, is home to fighting steelhead and salmon. And just three miles south of town, the Calapooia River offers 40 miles of wild trout fishing. Both rivers boast scenic views for paddlers and ample camping.


Sweet Home is the site of a prehistoric forest — making it a prime destination for fossil hunting. Rockhounds travel from all around to hunt for arrowheads, agate, jasper, petrified wood, fossilized leaves and crystal geodes in the surrounding forests and streams.


The Willamette National Forest is one of the largest in the nation, containing seven major mountain peaks and over 1,700 miles of hiking trail. It is home to several waterfalls, including the majestic Proxy Falls.

Sweet Home, Oregon at its best – The City of Sweet Home