Lakes & Reservoirs

With more than 200 lakes in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region, you'll be sure to find the perfect place for kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, swimming and water skiing. Toss out a line at one of our best local fishing spots or launch your boat from one of the region's many marinas and boat ramps. Summertime concessionaires offer canoe, kayak and board rentals at several popular lakefront parks.

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.

Lakes & Reservoirs

What is Algae Bloom?

When water levels are low and weather is warm, some still lakes, ponds and waterways can develop toxic algae. This green or colorful scum is harmful to pets and people — please don't swim, fish or recreate in water impacted with bloom.

While this condition can impact any body of water, our most vulnerable and popular water destinations to watch include Fern Ridge Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, Dorena Reservoir, Fall Creek Reservoir, Hills Creek Reservoir, Cougar Reservoir, Cottage Cover Reservoir, Siltcoos Lake, Golden Garden Ponds, Walterville Pond and Odell Lake. Check with the Oregon Health Authority for current advisories. 

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Splash Around Safely - Tips for Water Fun

Playing in the water can be the best part of summer — and Oregon's got plenty of the wet stuff! From lake shores to shady creeks, there are wonderful inviting places to cool off…