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Lakes & Reservoirs

With 249 lakes in Lane County, you'll be sure to find the perfect place for your next wet and wild vacation. Fishing, kayaking, hiking, sailing, diving, waterskiing and inland-surfing are just a few of the adventures accessible to you on and around Lane County waters.

From the expansive Fern Ridge Reservoir, a popular birding and sailing spot minutes outside Eugene, to Siltcoos Lake, the largest lake on the Oregon Coast, and pristine Waldo Lake, the second-largest and second-deepest lake in Oregon, Lane County's got it all.

Find the best local hiding spots when you experience Lane County lakes through the eyes of one of our experienced fishing or kayaking guides.

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Blue River Reservoir
  • Rd 15 (East of Blue River on Hwy 126)
  • Blue River OR 97413
  • Region: McKenzie River - Cascade Mountains
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Blue River Reservoir offers boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, picnicking, and camping throughout the summer season. Services are available in the community of MORE >>

Cottage Grove Lake
  • London Rd
  • Cottage Grove OR 97424
  • Phone: 541.942.2411
  • Region: Cottage Grove
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Bring the boat, a picnic, and the kids to Cottage Grove Reservoir for water skiing, swimming, fishing or any of your favorite water sports. Facilities include day use MORE >>

Cougar Reservoir
  • Hwy 126
  • Blue River OR 97413
  • Region: McKenzie River - Cascade Mountains
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Cougar Reservoir is located outside of Blue River along Aufderheide Drive, part of the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. Spend the day boating or swimming at one of MORE >>

Dexter Reservoir
  • Lowell
  • Lowell OR 97452
  • Region: Lowell
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Enjoy Dexter Lake from the water or one of the shoreline parks. On any given day sails dot the lake while powerboats cut long lines through the water and rowers slide MORE >>

Dorena Reservoir
  • Shoreview Dr
  • Cottage Grove OR 97424
  • Region: Cottage Grove
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Located in the rolling hills outside of Cottage Grove, Dorena Reservoir offers boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing. Extend your adventure by exploring the paved MORE >>

Fall Creek Reservoir
  • Wineberry Creek Rd
  • (North of Hwy 58, 27 miles southeast of Eugene)
  • Fall Creek OR
  • Region: Lowell
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Less than 30 minutes from Springfield, Fall Creek Reservoir is popular with water skiers and Jet skiers yet surprisingly serene for fishing or day use during midweek. 5 MORE >>

Fern Ridge Reservoir and Wildlife Area
  • 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: Lakes & Reservoirs

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. MORE >>

Gold Lake
  • Road #500 off Hwy 58
  • 28 miles (45 km) east of Oakridge
  • Oakridge OR 97463
  • Phone: 541.782.2283
  • Region: Oakridge - Cascade Mountains
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Winter cross country ski trails, early spring fishing, late summer huckleberries, and fall wildlife viewing make Gold Lake a year-round recreation destination. The lake MORE >>

Hills Creek Reservoir
  • Road 21, Hwy 58
  • 7 miles (11 km) east of Oakridge
  • Oakridge OR 97463
  • Phone: 541.782.2283
  • Region: Oakridge - Cascade Mountains
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Hills Creek Reservoir draws water enthusiasts of all kinds, from wind surfers to water skiers, sailors to swimmers. Bring your canoe or kayak and explore the reservoir's MORE >>

Lookout Point Reservoir
  • Dexter
  • Dexter OR 97431
  • Region: Lowell
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Southeast of Eugene on Hwy 58, Lookout Point Reservoir offers boating, fishing, and swimming. Hike, fish or hunt in the shoreline forest. MORE >>

Mercer Lake
  • 5 mi (8 km) North of Florence
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Water ski, swim, or fish the warm waters of Mercer Lake. Dense brush along the shoreline makes Mercer Lake best enjoyed from a boat or cabin. Mercer Lake Resort offers MORE >>

Munsel Lake
  • Munsel Lake Rd
  • North of Florence off Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97463
  • Phone: 541.750.7000
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Munsel Lake is 110 acres in size and has a brushy shoreline in mostly private ownership. Fishing from a boat is preferable. A county boat ramp is located on the southern MORE >>

Siltcoos Lake
  • South of Florence on Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Siltcoos Lake, south of Florence, is home to great warm water bass fishing, boating, hiking and the start of the Siltcoos River Canoe Trail. MORE >>

Sutton Lake
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Travel the short channel from Western Sutton Lake and discover Eastern Sutton Lake. Spot coastal birds from a kayak in the lake's marshes or fish for largemouth bass, MORE >>

Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool)
  • McKenzie River Trail
  • Linn County OR 97413
  • Region: McKenzie River - Cascade Mountains
  • Subcategory: Lakes & Reservoirs

Now a dry fall, the basin is filled from underground, resulting in a dazzling clear pool of amazing colors. The water is very cold. Be careful on the steep cliffs MORE >>