Lowell State Recreation Site sits on the North shore of Dexter Lake, next to the city of Lowell. This day use park has it all! A reservable picnic shelter overlooks the lake and a wooded picnic area. A playground, basketball court, and flush restroom are all nearby. Down by the water is a large lawn area with picnic tables and a swim beach. For the boaters, there is a marina with rentable moorage, a large courtesy dock and a 4 lane launch ramp.
Sailboats, water skiers, anglers, paddlers and rowers take advantage of the full lake levels maintained year round. Oregon Association of Rowers and the University of Oregon have boathouses at the park, and host Regattas (rowing races) each spring. If you're looking for a bit more speed, check out the drag boat races at the park each summer!
On the quieter side, wildlife abounds at the lake with bald eagles frequently sighted in the park. Migratory waterfowl are plentiful on the lake in the winter, and are a bird watcher's delight.
To check water levels, visit https://www.nwd-wc.usace.army.mil/nwp/teacup/willamette/
Yes, the Lowell picnic shelter is reservable May 1st through September 30th. Outside of those dates, or when there is no reservation, the shelter can be used first come, first served. If you would like to reserve the shelter during the summer, click on the 'Rates' button to the left. If you have an event during the off season, please contact our office at 541-937-1173 to discuss your event.
To rent a slip at the Lowell Marina, please contact our office at 541-937-1173. The office is located at 570 North Moss St in Lowell.
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 (US Army Corps of Engineers) facilities at Fall Creek Lake and Dexter Lake. Lowell SRS is one of the properties now managed by Oregon State Parks.