As the summer days begin to get hotter, nothing is more tempting than spending the entire day lounging beside or inside cool water. The enjoyment quotient goes up several notches when a day by the lake turns into an afternoon of fun water sports. For all the water sports lovers out there, Sunnyside County Park on Foster Lake is the place to be. This 98-acre park, located on the northeastern edge of Foster Reservoir, is among the most popular locations in the Willamette Valley. The various amenities at the park include campgrounds, boat ramps, and moorage, fishing, picnic spots, and playgrounds. Outdoor enthusiasts would also enjoy the various hiking trails and natural paths at the McDowell Creek County Park which is a mere 6 miles away.
Sunnyside County Park is perfect for recreational or educational fishing opportunities, the lake is stocked with 40,000 trout annually. Finally, coming to the main selling point of this location, Foster Reservoir is a major hot spot for all water lovers. Swimming, fishing and a plethora of water sports are what you can look forward to on a day trip out to Sunnyside County Park along Foster Lake. Jet skiing, boating and water skiing are just some of the activities that are commonly seen along the waters of the reservoir. If any of this sounds like fun, as it should, then Sunnyside County Park is the place for you.
Another great swimming spot with a roped-off swim beach on Foster Lake is Lewis Creek Park.
Access allowed: May - September
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: $5 per vehicle per day
Usage: Moderate to heavy
Accommodations: Sunnyside Campground, Edgewater RV Resort & Marine, Foster Lake RV Resort, Country Star RV Park
Location: Linn County Park
GPS coordinates: 44.425, -122.612
Elevation: 703 ft (214 m)
Lewis Creek Park is located:
- 7.3 miles east of Sweet Home
- 48 miles northeast of Eugene
- 58.6 miles southeast of Salem
- 100 miles southeast of Portland
Address: 44930 Quartzville Dr, Foster, OR 97345
Water body: Reservoir
Water quality: Transparent
Depth: Deep and shallow
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm
Driving Directions to Sunnyside County Park
- From I-5, take exit 228 for OR-34 East toward Lebanon
- Turn left onto OR-34 East and follow 5.4 miles to Airport Drive
- Merge onto Denny School Road on the right and continue onto Airport Drive for 2.2 miles to US-20
- Turn right onto US-20 East/Main Street and drive for about 19 miles to Quartzville Road
- Turn left onto Quartzville Road and follow 1.4 miles to the destination on the right.
Foster and Green Peter Reservoirs
1 - Andrew Wiley Park - a day-use park.
2 - Edgewater County Park & Marina - full hookup RV sites and boat slips.
3 - Foster Lake RV Resort - full and partial RV sites, cabins, studio, tent sites, and boat and RV storage.
4 - Country Star RV Park - a club house, camping cabins, and condos.
5 - Shea Point - a day-use area.
6 - Calkins Ramp - a boat ramp.
7 - Gedney Creek Park - a boat ramp.
8 - Lewis Creek Park - a day-use park.
9 - Sunnyside Park - a campground and day-use area.
10 - River Bend Park - a campground and day-use area.
11 - Thistle Creek Boat Ramp - a boat ramp.
12 - Whitcomb Creek Park - campsites and boat ramp.