To the east of Eugene, Fall Creek National Recreation Area is one of the nicest summer getaways in the area. Fall Creek Reservoir was originally built for flooding control but this man-made pool is fantastic for water activities in the summer. You are free to swim all day but if it’s too crowded, you can find a free swimming hole along the 13.7-mile-long Fall Creek National Recreation Trail.
Fall Creek Lake is surrounded by day-use parks and campgrounds managed by the State of Oregon. North Shore is one of the 5 day-use sites that features swimming area, picnicking, and boating. Located near Fall Creek Dam, the North Shore Day Use Site has both a high and low-water ramps.
Standing water of the 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 | General Description
Open: April - September from 7 am to 9 pm
Managed: Oregon State Park
Location: Fall Creek Recreation Area
Services: Vault toilets, garbage service, picnic sites, boat ramps
Activities: Swimming, fishing, hiking, boating
Accommodations: Cascara campground; Fisherman's Point group camp
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate to heavy
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.
Points of Interest
Fall Creek Reservoir serves for the purposes of water retention, flood damage prevention, irrigation, and a variety of recreation opportunities.
Scenic Fall Creek Corridor is a beautiful 3,300-acre recreation area along Fall Creek in the Willamette National Forest.
Directions to Fall Creek Lake - North Shore
- 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.
GPS: N 43°57.408', W 122°45.287' | 43.9568, -122.75478