Fern Ridge Reservoir and Wildlife Area
Address:Clear Lake Rd
Junction City OR 97448
The Fern Ridge ponds and wetlands are part of Willamette Valley's largest reservoir at 9,000 acres (3,642 ha). The perimeter marshes host over 250 speicies of birds including Great Blue Herons, Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Red-shouldered Hawks. 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. Orchard Point Park is one of its many accessible shoreline parks offering picnic facilities. Coyote Creek Nature Trail links into the reservoir. Just west of Eugene.
- Events Hosted: Triathlon Eugene, 2009 NWICSA Co-ed Qualifiers Regatta, various regattas
- Swimming-Open Water