Fall Creek Lake – Willamette National Forest

Fall Creek Lake

A man-made Fall Creek Lake aka Fall Creek Reservoir is part of Fall Creek Recreation Area which is famed for its ample waters bordered by the lush greenery of the Willamette National Forest. A rock-fill structure, the Fall Creek Dam was built in 1966 to serve for the purposes of water retention, flood damage prevention, irrigation, and a variety of recreation opportunities. With a storage size of 115,100 acre-feet, Fall Creek Lake controls runoff from 184 square miles of drainage area.

There are sturdy bridges over the creeks including the one near a small town of Jasper. The lake is a great swimming spot with cool waters that attract avid swimmers, divers, and kayakers especially in the heat of summer. Also, visitors can enjoy picnicking and fishing. There are a number of campsites for those who wish to spend more than a few hours on the lake. Also, picnicking and fishing.

The 14-mile-long Fall Creek National Recreation Trail along the stunning national forest, beautiful emerald pools and rapids of the Fall Creek is accessible year-round. There are plenty of interesting spots to see on the trail including old growth Douglas firs, ferns, a small Slim Creek cave, rock outcrops, and a section of forest that was burnt in the 2003 fire. It is a drastic change of scenery from the lush greenery to the burnt remnants but thankfully, the forest is recovering from the devastation.

Things to Do

Water Activities

Fall Creek Reservoir is a great destination for swimming, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, and jet-skiing.

Swimming is available on the lake shore in one of the day-use areas and along the Fall Creek:

Fall Creek Lake – North Shore Day Use
Fall Creek Lake - Lakeside 1 & 2
Fall Creek – Day Use Area
Fall Creek – Bedrock
Fall Creek – Big Pool
Fall Creek – Broken Bowl
Fall Creek – Clark Creek


Fall Creek Reservoir open year-round for hatchery trout fishing. Typically, it is stocked in April by thousands of legal size and trophy trouts. Hence, the best time for trout fishing is April, May, and June.

Day-Use Areas

North Shore Day-Use Area

Located near Fall Creek Dam on the North side of the Fall Creek Lake, North Shore is a day-use area with both a high-water and low-water boat ramp, picnic sites, and vault toilets.
Fall Creek Reservoir - North Shore Day Use AreaAccess allowed: May 1 - September 30
Services: Picnic sites, boat ramp, vault toilets
Day-use fees: None

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Free Meadow Day-Use Area

A day-use area, Free Meadow is located 2.8 miles east of North Shore Day Use Site.

Fall Creek Reservoir - Free Meadow Day Use AreaAccess allowed: May 1 - September 30
Services: Picnic sites, boat ramp, bucket toilet
Day-use fees: None

Lakeside I and Lakeside II Day Use Areas

Lakeside I and Lakeside II Day Use Areas are located 0.4 miles of each other and approximately 5 miles east of North Shore Day-Use Site.

Fall Creek Reservoir - Lakeside II Access allowed: May 1- September 30
Services: Picnic sites, boat ramp, vault toilets
Day-use fees: None

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Winberry Day-Use Area

The largest day-use area, Winberry has a two-lane boat ramp, swimming area with a dock and beach, picnic sites with fire rings and barbecues, flush restrooms and potable water.

Access allowed: May 1 - September 30
Services: Picnic sites, boat ramp, swim area, flush restrooms, drinking water
Day-use fees: Yes or or Parking Permit for State Parks


Cascara Campground

Cascara Campground and Fisherman's Point Group Camp are nestled on the upper end of the Fall Creek Arm. The rustic campground with 39 campsites, vault toilets, potable water, a ramp and swimming area.

Access allowed: May 1 - September 30
Services: Vault toilets, potable water, a ramp and swim area
Accommodations: 39 campsites
Camping reservation: First come - first served

Fisherman's Point Group Camp

Located across the road from Cascara campground, Fisherman's Point Group Camp - a reservable RV group camp with potable water and portable toilets. The camp offers 8 sites with maximum 8 persons per site.

Fall Creek Lake - Fisherman's Point Group CampAccess allowed: May 1 - September 30
Services: Vault toilets, potable water, a ramp and swim area
Accommodations: 8 group sites
Phone (reservation): 800-452-5678

Fall Creek Reservoir | General Description

Open: Most day-use areas and campgrounds are open from May 1 to September 30
Managed: Oregon State Parks and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Services: Picnic sites, boat ramps and moorages, swim area, restrooms, RV and tent campgrounds
Activities: Camping, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and boating
Day-use fees: Free except for Winberry Park
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Accommodations: Cascara campground, Fisherman's Point group campgrounds

Elevation: 839 feet (256 m)

Fall Creek Lake is located:

  • 22 miles east of Eugene
  • 81 miles northeast of Roseburg
  • 83 miles southeast of Salem
  • 127 miles southeast of Portland.

Type: Reservoir
Surface area: 763 ha (1,820 acres)
Depth: Varies throughout of year
Dam length: 5,100 ft (1,555 m)
Dam height: 205 ft (55 m)

Points of Interest Nearby

Fall Creek - Day-UseScenic Fall Creek Corridor is a beautiful 3,300-acre recreation area along Fall Creek in the Willamette National Forest.

Directions to Fall Creek Lake

From I-5,

  • Take exit 194A for Highway 126 East from Eugene
  • Head east for 6.8 miles to Bob Straub Parkway
  • Follow straight 7.6 miles on Bob Straub Parkway and then Highway 222 South and Jasper/Jasper Lowell Roads to Place Road
  • Turn left onto Place Road/Big Fall Creek Road and continue 4.5 miles
  • Bear left after passing Winberry Creek Road and follow to the Fall Creek Lake.

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