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at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

people sitting on the rocks and swimming in the waterSplash off in nature's water park: the shut-ins. A shut-in is a geological feature similar to a gorge that “shuts-in” the river. Water cascades through billon-year-old rocks, creating chutes, pools and waterfalls.  

Swim at your own risk. Be aware that the following may exist: changing river conditions, strong currents, above- and below-water surface debris, and bottoms that are slippery or unstable or have sudden drop-offs.

Sturdy water shoes and life jackets are recommended.

The following rules and regulations are enforced starting at the Shut-Ins Trail trailhead and within the entire shut-ins recreation area.

The following items are not allowed:
  • Drinks in disposable containers (plastic bottles, cans, etc.)
  • Food
  • Alcohol
  • Coolers
  • Pets – Do not leave pets unattended or in vehicles.

Fishing is not allowed in areas with swimmers.

Restricted areas are designated by sign. Any person found within signed, restricted areas will receive up to a $500 fine and will be ejected from park.

Click here for information about river levels.