Fall Creek State Recreation Area

Near Eugene, Oregon, United States

Park Overview

Fall Creek Reservoir is a prime recreation area surrounded by day-use parks and a primitive campground. Together these six parks comprise Fall Creek State Recreation Area.

Winberry, Free Meadow, Lakeside 1 & 2

Season: May 1 - Sep. 30

On the south side of the tree-lined reservoir, Winberry day-use area provides a two-lane boat ramp and parking for more than 100 cars and 150 boat trailers. It features flush restrooms; a swim dock and swim beach; and picnic areas with barbecue grills and fire rings.

Three other small day-use areas are on the north side of the reservoir: Free Meadow, Lakeside 1 and Lakeside 2.

North Shore

Season: April 1 - Sep 30

North Shore day-use area, on the north side of the lake, has high- and low-water ramps as well as a picnic area overlooking the water. 

Primitive Camping

8/3/2021 Note: Cascara Campground is closed until further notice. It has been converted to a U.S. Forest Service fire camp to support regional firefighting efforts. 

For those who want to spend the night under the stars, Cascara Campground has 39 campsites, vault toilets, a boat ramp and a swim area. The first-come, first-served sites are tucked among towering Douglas firs, many with lake views. No potable water available—please bring drinking water.

Just down the road, Fisherman’s Point Campground offers a primitive group site on the lake shore, with vault toilets and potable water. The camp has capacity for 64 people.

Water Recreation

  • To check water levels, go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website
  • Life jacket loaner stations are at North Shore and Winberry, with life jackets of various sizes available. Do not swim, float, paddle or boat without a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket, and making sure it fits properly, saves lives. 
  • Boaters: check ahead for obstructions on the Oregon State Marine Board's Reported Obstructions and Alerts page.
Effective Jul 22, 2021
Open flame restrictions are in effect beginning July 22 until further notice. The ban includes charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, pellet-fueled grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. The ban applies to all state parks and state-managed forests east of Interstate 5 and will remain in place until conditions improve.
Effective Aug 3, 2021
Cascara Campground and Winberry Day-use Area are temporarily closed. Both are serving as U.S. Forest Service fire camps to support firefighting efforts on the Middle Fork Fire Complex.
Effective Jun 7, 2021
The boat ramps and swim platforms at Winberry Day-use Area and Cascara Campground are closed due to low water in the Fall Creek Reservoir. One remaining boat ramp at North Shore Day Use Area remains open.
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use May 1 – Sep 30 mdi-tent Open for camping May 1 – Sep 30 mdi-car-side First-come, first-served camping mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-937-1173
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Questions

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I see signs for Winberry, Fall Creek, and Cascara. What do these mean?

Fall Creek refers to many things in this area.  It can be confusing!  Fall Creek flows into, and out of, Fall Creek Lake.  Fall Creek State Recreation Area includes all the parks around Fall Creek Lake.  These are:

Cascara Campground-First Come, First Serve campground

Fisherman's Point Group Camp-By reservation only.  Click on the "Rates" button to the left

Winberry-Day use only fee park on the south side of the lake.

North Shore-Day use only park with a launch ramp at the North end of the dam

Free Meadow-Small day use only park on the north side of the lake

Lakeside I and II-Small day use only parks on the north side of the lake

When can I boat on the lake?

North Shore opens April 1st and closes September 30th.  It has both a high and low water ramp.  The rest of the parks on Fall Creek Lake are open May 1st through September 30th.

Fall Creek Lake is drawn down each winter for flood control and downstream fish passage.

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Where can I camp at Fall Creek Lake?

Cascara campground is a first come, first serve campground open May-Sept.  It is the only regular campround on the lake.  Fisherman's Point Group Camp (click on 'Rates' to the left) is by reservation only.

 

If Cascara Campground is full, where can I camp nearby?

Cascara is the only campground on the lake.  However, there are several forest service campgrounds along Fall Creek, upstream of the lake.  On Lookout Point Reservoir, to the south and east, Ivan Oaks campground and Black Canyon campround offer access to that lake when the water level is high.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

In 1998, OPRD took part in a land exchange with local government, trading three park properties (Armitage, Hendricks Bridge State Wayside, Howard J. Morton Memorial State Park) for a 25-year lease of federal facilities at Fall Creek.  Fall Creek Lake was completed in 1965 to control flooding along Fall Creek and downstream along the Willamette River in Eugene and Springfield.

Brochures and Maps

mdi-file-pdf-box Cascara campground info and map 2018 mdi-file-pdf-box Southern Willamette Valley Parks Brochure

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