Trail Bridge

Trial Bridge and Smith Reservoir are currently closed until 2021 for work on the Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric facility

Smith Reservoir

Trail Bridge and Smith Reservoirs are man-made features just an hour outside Eugene on Highway 126. The 55 acres surrounding Trail Bridge Reservoir is home to numerous campsites, hiking trails and day-use sites with great fishing, swimming and boating opportunities. Trail Bridge and Smith Reservoirs are a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts who come to the area to spend a weekend and enjoy the scenery of the Oregon Cascades.

Swimming in the reservoirs is absolute fun but be warned that the water can be cold. Boating is also allowed but you must maintain maximum speeds of 10 mph. Most visitors prefer to use float tubes and rowboats so they can take in the surrounding scenery at low speeds.

The campground is open all year round but the season for Trail Bridge is April - September. If you are an avid angler, take off some time from your swimming activities to catch some hatchery rainbow trout. There are plenty of opportunities for the entire family. Whether you like fishing, swimming, hiking or camping, the Trail Bridge and Smith Reservoirs will satisfy all your expectations.

Trail Bridge & Smith Reservoirs | General Description

Open: Year-round from dawn until dusk
Managed: US Forest Service
Location: Willamette National Forest

Services: Restrooms, drinking water, garbage service, fishing docks, boat ramps, picnic sites
Activities: Swimming, water sports, hiking, biking, fishing, boating
Accommodations: Trail Bridge Campground

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes for some locations
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Low

Elevation: 2,000 ft (610 m)

Trail Bridge Reservoir is located:

  • 66 miles east of Eugene
  • 98 miles southeast of Salem
  • 143 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 and rocks
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm

Directions to Trail Bridge & Smith Reservoirs

From I-5,

  • Take exit 194-A in Eugene for Highway 126 East
  • Follow Highway 126 East for about 63 miles to Forest Road 730
  • Forest Road 730 runs around the Trail Reservoir.
  • For Smith Reservoir, continue along Forest Road 730 to the destination.


GPS: 44.2795, -122.0464


  1. Is Smith back open now? – NK

    1. Author

      It will be closed until 2021

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