Gerber Dam and Reservoir

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Gerber Dam and Reservoir

Oregon

(541) 947-2177

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Overview

Gerber Dam and Reservoir are on Miller Creek 14 miles east of Bonanza, Oregon. The reservoir is located within 100,000 acres of open cattle range and amongst vast expanses of bitterbush, sage bush, Ponderosa pine and Juniper trees. Many natural springs located within the park and are used by area ranchers as watering holes for cattle. The Gerber Recreation Area is a great place to view wildlife. There are nine wildlife viewing sites on the Gerber Watchable Wildlife tour route and Gerber Reservoir is a site on the Klamath Basin Birding Trail. Bald eagle, osprey, sandhill crane, and American white pelican are common birds found around Gerber Reservoir. If you're observant, you may see bobcat, coyote, antelope, or mule deer. The reservoir provides storage for irrigation water and its capacity is 94,000 acre feet with 17 miles of shoreline. The dam, constructed in 1924-1925, is a concrete arch structure with a height of 84 feet and a crest length of 485 feet. The Bureau of Land Management manages the recreation facilities for Reclamation.

Map of Gerber Dam & Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 42.204108, -121.109161

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Activities

  • Boating

    Gerber Campgrounds have concrete boat ramp and floating dock, gravel boat ramp, and fish cleaning stations. Note: Reservoir recedes in size in the fall months.

  • Camping

    While Gerber North and South Campgrounds are open year around, full amenities such as restroom maintenance, garbage collection, and host services are only available from mid-May to mid-September.

    Gerber Campgrounds have level parking, an RV dump station, drinking water, toilets, picnic tables, fire grates, concrete boat ramp and floating dock, gravel boat ramp, fish cleaning stations, garbage service, and day-use areas. Fees are charged for camping and day use at the Gerber North and South Campgrounds.

  • Fishing

    Gerber Campgrounds have concrete boat ramp and floating dock, gravel boat ramp, and fish cleaning stations. Note: Reservoir recedes in size in the fall months.

  • Hiking

    If you find an archeological or historic site during your visit, please leave it undisturbed and contact the Bureau of Land Management Klamath Falls Resource Area office. It is against Federal law to disturb these sites or remove artifacts.

    Be aware that hunting seasons start in early fall. Hike in groups and wear hunter's orange if possible.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted with valid license.

  • Picnicking

    Day use for Gerber North and South Campgrounds. Full amenities such as restroom maintenance, garbage collection, and host services are only available from mid-May to mid-September.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Spot bald eagle pairs around the reservoir in early to late fall when foliage is more sparse. Plenty of deer and small mammal activity in early morning and early evening hours.

Seasonality/Weather

Spring and Fall seasons are generally colder in the morning and evening due to higher elevation. Prepare for colder weather camping with appropriate clothing.

Directions

Driving

Gerber Reservoir and developed campgrounds are located about 42 miles east of Klamath Falls, Oregon. From Klamath Falls, take Highway 140 east 15 miles to Dairy. Turn right on Highway 70 and travel for five miles to the community of Bonanza. From Bonanza, continue past Big Springs Park on East Langell Valley Road for approximately 11 miles. Turn left at the intersection of Gerber Road (90 degree corner). Follow Gerber Road for approximately 8.5 miles to the Gerber Recreation Site entrance.

Phone Numbers

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(541) 947-2177

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