North Shore

• Fall Creek Lake North Shore offers a variety of recreational activities

Fall Creek National Recreation Area is one of the great summer destinations to the east of Eugene. Fall Creek Reservoir was originally built for flooding control but is also used for recreation activities in the summer. There are numerous swimming spots but if some places are too crowded, you can find your secret swimming hole along the 13.7-mile Fall Creek National Recreation Trail that runs from the Dolly Varden Campground to Tiller Creek.

Fall Creek Lake is surrounded by day-use parks and campgrounds managed by the State of Oregon. Fall Creek Lake North Shore is one of the 5 day-use sites that features a swimming area, picnicking, and boating. Located near Fall Creek Dam, the North Shore Day Use Site has both high and low-water ramps.

The standing water of Fall Creek Lake is usually warmer than in the creek.

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

Fall Creek Lake - North Shore Day Use | Facts

Open: April - September from 7 am to 9 pm
Managed by: Oregon State Park
Location: Fall Creek Recreation Area

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

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)

North Shore at Fall Creek Lake is located:

  • 23 miles east of Eugene
  • 84 miles southeast of Salem
  • 130 miles southeast of Portland.

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Body of Water:
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 1.9 miles to North Shore Park on the right.

Phone: 541-937-1173

GPS: N 43°57.408', W 122°45.287' | 43.9568, -122.75478

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