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.
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.
Season: April 1 - Oct. 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.
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. Potable water available.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.