Fall Creek Lake's proximity to Eugene has made the lake a popular recreation site on hot summer days. There are four free day-use sites on the northern side of the Fall Creek Lake. Great spots for summer fun including swimming, picnicking, fishing, and boating, Lakeside 1 and 2 Day Use Sites are located 0.4 miles of each other and approximately 6 miles east of the Fall Creek Dam.
Fall Creek Lake water is warmer than in the creek.
You are free to spend all your day swimming but if it’s too crowded, you can find a free hole along the 14-mile-long Fall Creek National Recreation Trail.
There are other excellent swimming spots along the Fall Creek Lake and Fall Creek:
Access allowed: April - September from 8 am to 9 pm
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: Free
- Cascara campground
- Fisherman's Point group camp
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate to heavy
Location: Fall Creek Recreation Area
GPS coordinates (Lakeside I): 43.9750629,-122.6702518
Elevation: 859 ft (256 m)
Lakeside I at Fall Creek Lake is located:
- 28 miles east of Eugene
- 90 miles southeast of Salem.
- 135 miles southeast of Portland
Body of water: Reservoir
Water quality: Transparent
Depth: Deep and shallow
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm
Driving Directions to Lakeside I & II
- From I-5, take Exit 194 A for Highway 126 East
- Follow on Highway 126 for 6.6 miles to Bob Straub Parkway
- Continue straight onto Bob Straub Parkway, then Highway 222 South and Jasper/Jasper Lowell Roads
- Turn left onto Place Road and drive for 3.6 miles to Big Fall Creek Road
- Continue on Big Fall Creek Road
- Bear to the left after passing Winberry Creek Road and follow for about 8 miles to Lakeside I on the right (head east for 0.4 miles to Lakeside II ).