Fern Ridge Reservoir

Slide your kayak into the glassy water at Fern Ridge Reservoir. At summer capacity, this 9,000-acre (3,463 ha) glimmering lake is an ultimate water playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds from birders to boaters. Fern Ridge Reservoir is the largest lake in the Willamette Valley and it is just 15 minutes from Eugene, adjacent the country town of Veneta. Multiple lake front parks and campgrounds provide boat ramps, docks and easy access to the water. Walk or cycle along paved paths.

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Ideal for water sports from stand up paddle boarding to power boating, Fern Ridge attracts paddlers, sailors and boaters who come to enjoy water recreation and explore Veneta's quiet charm. Water ski or inner tube across the lake then head to town to eat and stock up on supplies.

Kayaking Perkins Peninsula Fern Ridge

Kayaking & Canoeing

Fern Ridge Reservoir is a paddler's delight. From the wildlife watching channels of Coyote Creek to the wide open lakescape, enjoy smooth gliding. Launch your craft from multiple shoreline parks.

Fern Ridge Sailing by Sally McAleer


As one of the best sailing lakes in the Northwest, Fern Ridge Reservoir is home to the Eugene Yacht Club (EYC) and the University of Oregon Sailing Team. The EYC hosts frequent regattas, including weekly Thursday races and periodic national championships. Both the EYC and the City of Eugene's River House Outdoor Sailing School provide sailing instruction for beginners and more experienced sailors.

Canoeing Fern Ridge by Eugene, Cascades & Coast


Pick up your fishing license at the Bimart in Veneta, then head out to Fern Ridge for warm water fishing. Crappie, bass and catfish are the main attractions. Even on a windy day, anglers can navigate the calmer inlets and sloughs that edge the southern side of the reservoir. Paddle a canoe from Coyote Creek or fish off the dock at Perkins Peninsula Park.

Fern Ridge Birding by Michael Sherman

Wildlife & Birding

Every winter the reservoir is drawn down, creating seasonal marshes and mud flats that are home to an abundance of wildlife. Over 250 species of birds have been noted in the area, including bald eagles, hawks, osprey, owls, sparrows, doves, pheasants, quail, sandpipers, pelicans, egrets, herons, snipe, marsh wren, mallards and geese.

In 1979, the southeast shore of the reservoir was declared a wildlife refuge. Paddle Coyote Creek or hike the Coyote Creek Nature Trail for glimpses of salamanders, newts, frogs, nutria and beavers. The 5,794-acre Fern Ridge Wildlife Area requires a parking permit that must be purchased in advance. Seasonal hunting is permitted in some sections but the reserve is closed January to March for the protection of wintering birds. Game includes pheasants, quail, dove, duck, snipe, goose and deer.

Perkins Peninsula Park Picnic by Taj Morgan

Picnics & Camping

Fern Ridge Reservoir offers shoreline parks with excellent amenities. Host a picnic gathering, play sports or take a swim in roped off (but unsupervised) natural swim areas. Perkins Penninsula Park, with its boat ramp and fishing dock, is an ideal day-use destination featuring easy access off Highway 126 and close proximity to wildlife areas. In the summertime Orchard Point Park offers concessions from food and sundries, volleyball courts, water craft rentals and boat gasoline. Roll up in your RV at Richardson Point Park for lakeside camping.



Perkins Peninsula Park

  • 26647 Highway 126, Veneta OR 97487
  • P: 541.682.2000

Richardson Park Campground

  • 25950 Richardson Park Rd, Junction City OR 97448
  • P: 541.682.2000

Orchard Point Park

  • Clear Lake Rd & Huey Ln, Eugene OR 97402

Zumwalt Park


Fern Ridge Reservoir and Wildlife Area

  • Clear Lake Rd, Junction City OR 97448
  • P: 541.682.2000

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Fishing

  • Clear Lake Rd, Junction City OR 97448
  • P: 541.682.2000

Fern Ridge Path

  • Greenhill Rd, Eugene OR 97402
  • P: 541.682.4800