Fall Creek Lake – Willamette National Forest

Fall Creek Lake

A man-made Fall Creek Lake is part of what you see along the Fall Creek Recreation Area which is famed for its ample waters bordered by the lush greenery of the Willamette National Forest. A rockfill structure, Fall Creek Dam was built in 1966 to serve for the purposes of water retention, flood damage prevention, irrigation, and a variety of recreation opportunities. With a storage size of 115,100 acre-feet, Fall Creek Lake controls runoff from 184 square miles of drainage area.

There are sturdy bridges over the creeks including the one about Jasper and this makes for stunning views in the distance. It is a safe swimming hole with cool waters that attract avid swimmers, divers, and kayakers especially in the heat of summer. There are a number of campsites for those who wish for more than a few hours of unbridled fun. As well the recreation area offers camping, picnicking and fishing.

The 14-mile-long Fall Creek National Recreation Trail along the stunning national forest, stunning emerald pools, and rapids of the Fall Creek is accessible year-round. There is plenty to see on the trail including old growth Douglas firs, ferns, a small Slim Creek cave, rock outcrops, and a section of forest that was burnt in the 2003 fire. It is a drastic change of scenery from the lush greenery to the burnt remnants but thankfully, the forest is recovering from the devastation.

To find Fall Creek, exit onto Highway 58 from Eugene and head east before turning across Dexter Reservoir. From there you will find clear signs for the Fall Creek tributary about Jasper.

Fall Creek Reservoir

Region: Willamette National Forest, U.S.
Operated: The State of Oregon
County: Lane
Access allowed: Year-round
Service: RV and tent campgrounds, picnic areas, playgrounds, drinking water, boat ramps and moorage, restrooms.
Fees: Free except for Winberry Park
Elevation: 839 feet (256 m)
Acreage: 763 ha  (1,820 acres)
Accommodations: Cascara campground, Fisherman's Point group campgrounds

North Shore Day Use Area

North Shore  Day Use, Fall Creek Lake

Located near Fall Creek Dam on the North side of the Fall Creek Lake, North Shore is a day-use area with both a high-water and low-water boat ramp, picnic sites, and vault toilets.

Access allowed: May 1- September 30
Service: Picnic sites, boat ramp, vault toilets
Fees: None
Phone: 800-452-5678

Free Meadow Day Use Area

Free Meadow Day Use Area, Fall Creek Lake

A day-use area, Free Meadow is located 2.8 miles east of North Shore Day Use Site.

Access allowed: May 1- September 30
Service: Picnic sites,  boat ramp, bucket toilet
Fees: None
Phone: 800-452-5678

Lakeside I and Lakeside II Day Use Areas

Lakeside Day Use Area, Fall Creek Lake

Lakeside I and Lakeside II Day Use Areas are located 0.4 miles of each other and approximately 5 miles east of North Shore Day-Use Site.

Access allowed: May 1- September 30
Service: Picnic sites,  boat ramp, vault toilets
Fees: None
Phone: 800-452-5678

Cascara Campground

Cascara Campground and Fisherman's Point Group Camp are nestled on the upper end of the Fall Creek Arm. The rustic campground with 39 campsites, vault toilets, potable water, a ramp and swimming area.

Access allowed: May 1 - September 30
Service: vault toilets, potable water, a ramp and swim area
Accommodations: 39 campsites
Camping reservation: First come - first served

Fisherman's Point Group Camp

Fisherman's Point Group Camp

Located across the road from Cascara campground, Fisherman's Point Group Camp - a reservable RV group camp with potable water and portable toilets. The camp offers 8 sites with maximum 8 persons per site.

Access allowed: May 1 - September 30
Service: vault toilets, potable water, a ramp and swim area
Accommodations: 8 group sites
Phone (reservation):  800-452-5678

Winberry Day Use Area

The largest day-use area, Winberry has a two-lane boat ramp, swimming area with a dock and beach, picnic sites with fire rings and barbecues, flush restrooms and potable water.

Access allowed: May 1 -September 30
Service: Picnic sites, boat ramp, swim area, flush restrooms, drinking water
Fees: Yes
Phone: 800-452-5678

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *