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Camps & Recreation Sites for Outdoor Meetings

Published: July 01, 2016


Imagine the energy from the earth, fresh oxygen from the trees, the breeze across the lake, the sun upon attendee's shoulders (of course you provided sunscreen!)... Create a marvelous outdoor meeting experience by holding your conference or retreat at a camp, lodge or park in the mountains, valley or coastal region. Spacious outdoor arenas are ideal for relaxed day-time classes, lectures or discussions. Enjoy evenings around a campfire, lodge fireplace or down on the beach. 

Many of the private camps offer kitchen facilities, overnight lodging, outdoor recreation and sometimes educational offerings by facility stewards. Private camp cultures may even add an interesting layer to the experience — whether the focus is on sustainable living, natural preservation, spiritual awareness, indigenous history or more! State and county parks provide structured spaces and amenities adjacent magnificent natural backdrops. These scenic and natural venues are excellent for retreats, church groups, family reunions, training programs and other conferences and gatherings. Coordinate with local programs like Whole Earth Nature School, for special onsite trainings and activities.

Below are some camp, lodging and park highlights but there are so many more options. We can help you determine which venue matches your group size, needs and interests.

Sky Camp is a 100-acre (40 ha), large group meeting site located on Fall Creek Reservoir and nestled in the Cascade foothills. Rolling green… More Info
A jewel on the banks of the McKenzie River, nestled in the Willamette National Forest! Belknap Hot Springs Resort offers cozy lodge rooms,… More Info
Disc Golf Course HOLES/BASKET: 18 COURSE LENGTH: 5198 ft. COURSE LANDSCAPE/TERRAIN: Moderately Hilly & Heavily Wooded This 18-hole,… More Info
This unique Lodge has 400 feet of McKenzie River frontage and over 4 acres of gardens. Fish right in the back yard - or take a guided… More Info
The Inn at Diamond Woods is the perfect location for your next event or wedding! It includes an executive lodging facility located in the… More Info
A beautiful day-use park, tent and RV campground on the banks of the McKenzie River only five miles (8 km) north of Eugene. Full hookups,… More Info
Lake Creek Falls Watchable Wildlife and Recreation Site is right past Triangle Lake on Highway 36. Natural "rock slides" create a cascading… More Info
A day-use park on the north shore of Dexter Reservoir. Amenities include a picnic shelter, children's playground, basketball court and a… More Info
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… More Info
Whittaker Creek Recreation Area offers a swimming beach, a wildlife viewing area, playground, boat access onto the Siuslaw River and access… More Info
Less than 30 minutes from Springfield, Fall Creek Reservoir is popular with water skiers and Jet skiers - yet it is surprisingly serene for… More Info
Fern Ridge Lake is a popular recreation area for water sports, such as windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, flat water kayaking, stand up… More Info
Easy beach access, recommended for beach combing, sunbathing and whale watching. Hunt for agates at Tenmile Creek to the north. Enjoy the… More Info
Part of the Siuslaw National Forest, the Oregon Dunes cover 40 miles (64 km) along the coast, North America's largest coastal dunes. There… More Info
Perkins Peninsula Park at Fern Ridge Reservoir is a day-use park right off Highway 126 in Veneta. It is a wonderful picnic spot with picnic… More Info
Located in the rolling hills east of Cottage Grove, Dorena Reservoir is popular for swimming, boating, water skiing and camping. Fish for… More Info

To Find a Camp or Outdoor Retreat:

Linda Norris

Director of Convention Services

Linda provides in-market support for convention meeting planners. She assists with venue and activity arrangements, delegate itineraries and tour options, and dining and transportation recommendations. Linda coordinates welcome table services, delegate information packets, "Show your badge" discount programs, meeting micro-sites and pre-conference collateral. Additionally, Linda offers resources for reunions, weddings and other group events.

Author: Eugene, Cascades & Coast