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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s

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Veneta - Fern Ridge

Fern Ridge Sail Boat by Sally McAleer

At the crossroads of Willamette Valley's beloved Territorial Highway and Highway 126 to the Oregon Coast, is the country town of Veneta. A natural stopping place on any excursion, Veneta offers several restaurants, stores and an even an electric vehicle charging station.

But a quick pit stop doesn't reveal Veneta's real beauty - that requires settling in and lingering at a wildlife watching wayside, on the water off Perkins Peninsula or at a boutique winery with Oregon's best Pinot swirling in your glass. Watch the mist rise from the marshes, a Great Blue Heron take flight or the sunset tint sailboats red, orange and purple as they scurry across the rippling reservoir.


  • Launch a boat onto Fern Ridge Reservoir, South Willamette Valley's largest lake
  • Paddle the canoe trails of Coyote Creek, ripe with wildlife watching 
  • Fly a kite at one of the wide-open parks 


  • Relax over a glass of wine at Valhalla Winery or LaVelle Vineyards
  • Soak up suns rays at Orchard Point with a backdrop of wafting barbecue
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast with a good cup of coffee at Our Daily Bread Restaurant 


  • Join in the conscious living celebration during July's Oregon Country Fair
  • Find a quiet corner to meditate in Veneta's many natural spaces
  • Go birding in the protected wildlife areas surrounding Fern Ridge


Veneta Welcome Sign

Pitch a tent or pull up your RV into a waterfront site at Fern Ridge Reservoir, or book a brightly colored yurt right in town. Stay in a bed and breakfast or roll up your sleeves at a farm stay gig.

Veneta offers many unique opportunities for connecting with the rural ambiance of the Willamette Valley


Top Veneta Attractions

Veneta's marshes, fields and woodlands are a natural habitat attracting a thriving bird population.

The Territorial Wine Trail's midpoint runs right through downtown Veneta.

From regattas to shoreline picnics, the reservoir is an inviting recreational destination.

This annual event draws thousands to its magical playground.