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541.484.5307 • 800.547.5445 • EugeneCascadesCoast.org
Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St • Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St • Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 • Eugene OR 97440


What to Do - Veneta

Venture onto trails for a day of exploration while hiking and birding. Relax on a scenic drive through wine country and savor the locally produced wines at LaVelle Vineyards. 

Explore the Fern Ridge Country Trail, which highlights fascinating local activities and places of interest along the picturesque back roads of the valley and foothills. Enjoy an afternoon of picking fresh strawberries at a local farm. 

Discover the abundance of recreation opportunities at Fern Ridge Lake. Multiple lakeside parks offer day use and overnight camping.  Access the lake through marinas and boat ramps, and enjoy fishing, sailing and water skiing. 

Domaine Meriwether Winery
Domaine Meriwether Winery
  • 88324 Vineyard Ln
  • Veneta OR 97487
  • Phone: 541.935.9711
  • Region: Veneta-Fern Ridge
  • Subcategory: Arts, Culture & Heritage
  • www.meriwetherwines.com

Stop by and taste Domaine Meriwether's award-winning portfolio of exceptional still and sparkling wines. Among their "trophies," Discovery Cuvee was served in April, 2003 at a White House dinner given for the U.S. governors. Domaine Meriwether was founded in 1998 in the pursuit of classic pinot noir-based sparkling wines. Because of the ideal climate for pinot noir, the South Willamette Valley region was chosen to grow the grapes. Today the winery specializes in the traditional methode Champenoise as overseen by winemaker Raymond Walsh.

Oregon Country Fair
Oregon Country Fair
  • Hwy 126
  • 13 miles west of Eugene on the outskirts of Veneta
  • Veneta OR 97487
  • Phone: 541.343.4298
  • Region: Veneta-Fern Ridge
  • Subcategory: Arts, Culture & Heritage
  • www.oregoncountryfair.org

The 45th Annual Oregon Country Fair is July 11-13, 2014. Celebrate world class entertainment, hand-made crafts, delectable foods, educational displays and magical surprises around every corner. Nourish your spirit; explore living artfully and authentically on Earth and transform culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways. Located in a wooded setting on 395 acres (160 ha), 13 miles west of Eugene, near Veneta.

Coyote Creek Covered Bridge

Stream: Coyote Creek Length: 60 feet (18 m) Year Constructed: 1922 Nearest Town: Crow Located on Battle Creek Road just off Territorial Highway south of Veneta

Fern Ridge Lake
  • Clear Lake Rd
  • 14 miles (22 km) northwest of Eugene, near Veneta
  • Junction City OR 97448
  • Phone: 541.682.2000
  • Region: Veneta-Fern Ridge
  • Subcategory: Water Activities
  • www.lanecounty.org/parks

Fern Ridge Lake is a popular area for water sports, such as windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, flat water kayaking, stand up paddling, swimming and fishing. Fern Ridge is southern Willamette Valley's largest reservoir at 9,000 acres (3,642 ha). It was created for flood control in 1941 by damming the Long Tom River. In the summer it is maintained at its maximum and in the winter it is drawn down. Orchard Point Park is one of its many accessible shoreline parks offering picnic facilities.

Fern Ridge Lake
  • Clear Lake Rd
  • 14 miles (22 km) northwest of Eugene, near Veneta
  • Junction City OR 97448
  • Phone: 541.682.2000
  • Region: Veneta-Fern Ridge
  • Subcategory: Natural Wonders
  • www.lanecounty.org/parks

Fern Ridge Lake is a popular recreation area for water sports, such as windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, flat water kayaking, stand up paddling, swimming and fishing. Extensive wetlands provide opportunities to view waterfowl and other wildlife. Fern Ridge is southern Willamette Valley's largest reservoir at 9,000 acres. It was created for flood control in 1941 by damming the Long Tom River. In the summer it is maintained at its maximum and in the winter it is drawn down.

Fern Ridge Ponds
  • Fern Ridge Ponds
  • Veneta OR 97487
  • Region: Veneta-Fern Ridge
  • Subcategory: Water Activities

(5 acres/2 ha) Located west of Eugene. Fish for white crappie, largemouth bass, and brown bullhead catfish.

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