Fern Ridge Reservoir and Wildlife Area
Address:Clear Lake Rd
Veneta OR 97448
Fern Ridge Reservoir and Wildlife area is just west of Eugene, near Veneta and Junction City. All around Fern Ridge Reservoir there are wildlife preserves, parks, campgrounds and marinas. The paved Fern Ridge Path connects Eugene to the vicinity which offers hiking trails and canoe trails. The Fern Ridge Wildlife Area comprises protected ponds and wetlands that are part of Willamette Valley's largest reservoir at 9,000 acres (3,642 ha). The perimeter marshes host over 250 species of birds including Great Blue Herons, Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Red-shouldered Hawks. There are several roadside parking areas along Highway 126. Coyote Creek Nature Trail links into the reservoir and is just west of Eugene. This is a popular canoeing and hiking area. The wildlife preserves managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife include South Marsh, West Coyote, East Coyote, NE Coyote, South Coyote, Fisher Butte, Kirk Park, Applegate, Jeans Peninsula, Royal Amazon and Amazon Dike 2. Fern Ridge Reservoir 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. Watch for seasonal algae blooms which may be harmful to people and pets.
- Events Hosted: Triathlon Eugene, 2009 NWICSA Co-ed Qualifiers Regatta, various regattas