• Lakeside 1 & 2 are popular swimming spots with sandy and grassy beaches

Fall Creek Lake's proximity to Eugene has made the lake a popular recreation site during hot summer days. Four free day-use sites are located on the northern side of 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.

There are numerous swimming spots along the lake and creek. If popular and easily accessible sites are too crowded, you can find a secluded swimming hole along the 13.7-mile-long Fall Creek National Recreation Trail.

There are other excellent swimming spots along the Fall Creek Lake and Fall Creek:

Fall Creek Lake – North Shore Day Use
Fall Creek – Day Use Area
Fall Creek – Bedrock
Fall Creek – Big Pool
Fall Creek – Broken Bowl
Fall Creek – Clark Creek

Fall Creek Lake – Lakeside 1 & 2 | General Description

Open: April - September from 8 am to 9 pm
Managed by: Oregon State Park
Location: Fall Creek Recreation Area

Services: Vault toilets, garbage service, picnic sites
Activities: Swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, picnicking

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate to heavy

Accommodations: Cascara campground; Fisherman's Point group camp

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay at Eugene

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.

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Body of Water: Reservoir
Water quality: Transparent
Current: None
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sand
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm

Adventures Nearby


From I-5,

  • Take Exit 194 A for Highway 126 East
  • Follow on Highway 126 for 6.8 miles to Bob Straub Parkway
  • Continue 7.6 miles straight onto Bob Straub Parkway, 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 for about 8 miles to Lakeside I on the right (head east for 0.4 miles to Lakeside II ).

Phone: 541-937-1173

GPS: N 43°58.504', W 122°40.215' | 43.9751, -122.67025

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