To the east of Eugene, Fall Creek National Recreation Area is one of the nicest summer getaways near the Eugene area. Fall Creek Reservoir was originally built for flooding control but this man-made pool is rife with water activities in the summer. You are free to swim all day but if it’s too crowded, you can find a free 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:
Access allowed: April - September from 7 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: 43.9526, -122.758
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
Body of water: Reservoir
Water quality: Transparent
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sandy, boat ramp
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm
Driving Directions to Fall Creek Lake - North Shore
- 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 left after passing Winberry Creek Road and follow 1.9 miles to North Shore Park on the right.