Veneta - Fern Ridge

Adjacent Fern Ridge Reservoir and at the crossroads of Willamette Valley's beloved Territorial Highway (known for its many boutique wineries) and Highway 126 to the Oregon Coast, is the country town of Veneta. A natural stopping place on any excursion, Veneta not only offers several restaurants, stores and an electric vehicle charging station; it is a springboard into robust outdoor adventures and farm-to-table immersive experiences.

Access the region's largest lake from the many day-use parks, campgrounds, marinas and boat ramps that surround the lake. Enjoy fishing, sailing, water skiing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Watch the mist rise from the marshes as a Great Blue Heron takes flight and the sunset tints sailboats dreamy colors. Birders are rewarded with Osprey, Bald Eagles, Herons and Belted Kingfishers. Hike along the shoreline trails and watch for beavers, coyotes and deer.

Tour the rural vineyards and boutique wineries. Soak up the country quiet with Oregon's best Pinot swirling in your glass. Visit charming family farms and shop from roadside stands. Cycle or ride horses along the country roads.

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Popular Water Skiing Lakes
: Melanie Ryan Griffin
Jul 12

Popular Water Skiing Lakes

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Best Places to Kayak Jul 05

Best Places to Kayak

The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region offers many lakes and rivers, even the Pacific Ocean…

Guided Oregon Wine Tours Mar 29

Guided Oregon Wine Tours

Over a dozen South Willamette Valley wineries invite visitors to taste their wines and tour their…

A Bakery Road Trip Feb 02

A Bakery Road Trip

Indulge in the comforting smell of freshly baked bread along this bakery loop in the Willamette…

Family Friendly Farms Tour
: Melanie Ryan Griffin
Aug 05

Family Friendly Farms Tour

Bring your kids to a farm for u-pick fruit and vegetables or for a special harvest event. Whether…

Baxter Paddles Fern Ridge Jun 15

Baxter Paddles Fern Ridge

On a glorious morning my dog Baxter and I joined co-workers and friends for a kayak excursion…


The Oregon Country Fair attracts thousands every summer to a fanciful celebration of music, entertainment, costumes and food held on private grounds in Veneta. There are also weekly and monthly farmers markets, artisan fairs and community performing arts. Gather at a food cart hub for games, watch a regatta hosted at the Eugene Yacht Club or listen to live music at a local winery.

Where to Stay

Havenroot Camp and Event Center

Located on the outskirts of Veneta, Oregon, Havenroot Camp and Event Venue is an oasis away from urban life. The forest provides a beautiful scene for camping and a…

Richardson Park Campground

One of the most popular Eugene-area campgrounds, Richardson Park, is located on Fern Ridge Reservoir. This family-friendly camping destination is ideal for water…

About Veneta

Explore the rural ambiance of the Veneta area, where the foothills of the Coast Range meet the South Willamette Valley. Located just west of Eugene - Springfield, minutes from the Eugene Airport, and only an hour from the Pacific Coast, Veneta - Fern Ridge comprises the smaller communities of Alvadore, Crow, Elmira, Lorane, Noti, Triangle Lake, Veneta and Walton.

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