Fern Ridge Lake

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Fern Ridge Lake


(541) 688-8147

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Fern Ridge Lake, a popular recreation area for sailing, power boating and water skiing, is just 12 miles from downtown Eugene. Six park sites and several remote access points around the lake offer a variety of day use recreation opportunities such as picnicking, swimming, fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing. A private concession on the peninsula at the south end of the lake has overnight camping sites. The Fern Ridge Dam was completed in 1941 and provides needed flood control. Various ACOE- maintained recreation areas exist around the lake, as do county parks and privately owned recreation facilities. For example, the ACOE-maintained Kirk Park (day use only) provides access to the Long Tom River and ponds full of fish and wildlife. Park amenities include vault toilets, paved roads, picnic tables, fire rings, trails, and a fishing dock.

The upland prairies and extensive wetlands at Fern Ridge provide unique habitats for a great variety of plants, wildlife and wintering waterfowl populations. Land and water throughout the area is managed by the Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop and maintain suitable habitat for many species of waterfowl, upland game and non-game wildlife.

Map of Fern Ridge Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 44.054778, -123.290291



  • Boating

    Six boat ramps provide easy access to Fern Ridge Lake.

  • Bird Watching

    Fern Ridge Lake is an excellent area for birding.

  • Camping

    Non-electric and electric campsites are located in the non-ACOE parks located around the lake.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is a popular activity for visitors to Fern Ridge Lake.

  • Hiking

    Numerous hiking and interpretive trails are located in the Kirk Park, Perkins Peninsula Park, Richardson Campground, and Odfw Lease Area.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed in areas around the lake.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking areas and a group shelter are available around the lake in both the ACOE areas and other parks.

  • RVing

    RV sites are available in the Lowell County Parks such as Richardson Park, located near Fern Ridge Lake.

  • Water Sports

    Water skiing and swimming can be enjoyed in the clear waters and numerous beaches around the lake.


The Kirk Park day use area is only open from May to September.



From Eugene, the lake is located 12 miles west on OR 126.

Phone Numbers


(541) 688-8147