Eugene Springfield Oregon Recreation Guide

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Regional Sports Center is Lane Countyís largest indoor sports facility and features new facilities including Virtual golf, Batting cages, and an Indoor Rock Wall.    Springfield

Parks - Camping - RV Campgrounds

Alton Baker Park, on the Willamette connects with Eastgate Woodlands in Springfield to create the area's 400 acre park with numerous features including a unique canoe water course, BMX Track, biking and running trails, Pre's Trail and the 237 acre Whilamut Natural Area.

Pine Meadows Campground on Cottage Grove Lake, with showers, dump station, and playground.  Enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, hiking.  $15

McKenzie River Corridor has numerous camping locations, along the river as well as on area lakes.  Fees range from $8 - $18, with several Group sits and No Fee tent sites.  Catch & Release Fishing, very peaceful camping & hiking.

Hoodoo - in the Willamette National Forest just minutes from Eugene, Hwy 126 to Hoodoo ski or 58 to Waldo Lake.   5 ski lifts, autobahn tube park with 20 runs, nordic and snowboard center in winter; 70 campgrounds, horse camping, hot springs, hiking and world class fishing in summer; this popular recreation area offers some of the best Oregon has to offer, any season of the year.

Harbor Vista is a 15 acre park near Heceta Beach.  In Florence, Take 35th to Rhododendron, turn right, go about 3 miles to park sign.  Park is situated overlooking the Pacific amid shrubbery and shore pine. $20 per night for site with water and electric; showers, playground, trails   Lane County Park Reservations accepted (541) 997-5987

Lakes

Fern Ridge Lake - Where you can experience the great outdoors just 5 miles from town.  Camping and picnicking, swimming, sailing, playground, volleyball, horseshoes, boat ramp, concession stand, showers, camping.

Dorena Lake - Great recreation spot just 30 miles south of Eugene, picnic area, playground, volleyball, boat ramp, concession stand, showers, Schwarz Park campground.

Waldo Lake - One of the purest large lakes in the world, this is the second deepest natural lake in Oregon, carved from glaciers millions of years ago.  A favorite for non-motorized water activities, camping is best in late summer at one of 3 large campgrounds. 

Siltcoos Lake- 4 miles S. of Florence  Fabulous fishing with many fishing cabins located around the lake.   Fish for bass, trout, perch, crappie, catfish year round.  Or try your hand during steelhead and salmon season.

Woahink Lake - 3 miles S. of Florence. Beautiful lake with lovely picnicking area.  Boating, wind sailing, water skiing, bird watching, swimming, and fishing.   During blackberry season, wade around the lake and "eat as you go"!

Hiking - Biking - Running

The Obsidians outdoors club has announced a schedule of 22 hikes for visitors to this summerís U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials and concurrent Oregon Bach Festival.   Outings include 12 coastal, forest and mountain hikes and 10 urban hikes, presenting visitors an introduction to both the natural wonders of western Oregon and the unique attractions of Track Town, USA.

Willamette River Bikeway System runs along both banks of the river provide 6 miles of scenic riding with 4 foot bridges for easy access across the river. 

Skinner's Butte  This hike is great to get your bearings if you are a first-time visitor to Eugene. Accessible from East 3rd Avenue, you can see the town laid out before you.

Mt Pisgah overlooking the Willamette Riverís Coast and Middle Forks offers over 2,000 acres of open space for hiking and horseback riding.  Numerous trails to choose from including several winding, bark-chip trails, a 2-mile stretch of gravel road that takes you to the summit and trails in the 200 acre Mt Pisgah Arboretum.

Spencer's Butte (Eugene's highest point 2,052 feet), a great hike with 360-degree views of the Willamette Valley and, on a clear day, even the Three Sisters. Because of its proximity to Eugene, it is fairly busy, especially in summer. No trip to Eugene would be complete without a hike up "the Butte".

The runnable (yet rugged) Ridgeline Trail (5 miles) offers runners looks at various trees and wildlife. Hendricks Park located at the southeastern edge of the U of O campus includes several inclines (about 250-300m), perfect for hill repeats.

Amazon Trail located at Hilyard St. and 27th Ave. The running surface is consists of impeccably maintained bark dust, which is easy on the knees and other joints. The trail offers a 1000 meter base loop with markers every 100 meters, with 1,200m, 1,500m and 1-mile extensions.

McKenzie River Hiking Trails

Johnny Creek Trail in the Fall Creek area on Hwy 58 offers an opportunity for the physically challenged to get outdoors, half mile trail is paved with picnic tables and restrooms.  Fall Creek has numerous campgrounds, trails and excellent fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout.  The 14 mile trail beginning at Dolly Varden leads to a magnificent 50 acre stand of Douglas Fir Old Growth.

River Sports

Join Bob Stockdall, your friendly Oregon fishing guide for a day of fishing on the McKenzie, Siuslaw or Umpqua River.  Bob will provide you with expert advise and friendly company when fishing for chinook salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, trout and smallmouth bass.  Bob is one of the few guides in the area who also fly fishes and gives step by step instruction.  All gear provided, including lunch and beverage on full day trips.

Alton Baker Canal - Escape the city bustle to this pleasant paddle spot in the downtown area, rent a canoe or kayak at the kiosk in Alton Baker Park.

From the heart of the Cascade Mountains, the McKenzie River is a local favorite with cascading rapids and sparkling pools; along Hwy 126.  Choose from rafting, kayaking, canoeing, or outstanding rainbow and cutthroat trout fishing.

McKenzie River Boat Ramps

Ocean & Beaches

Beach treasures abound on the Oregon Coast at any of the Florence beach accesses: Siltcoos area, north and south jetties, Heceta Beach, Sutton Creek, and several miles north at Devilís Elbow, Washburne Park and Muriel Ponsler Wayside or the gravel bar at Big Creek.  Head to the beach during low tides and minus tides, especially when they come early in the morning. 

Surf fishing is a favorite, the most common catch is perch and striped bass and can be caught year round. Fish from shore or the jetties using a medium to light spinning or bait casting setup.

Bring your shovel and your pail and go hunting for clams. A $6.50 license is now required and you must follow the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations.  At low tide, dig six to sixteen inches under the tidal flats in the estuary area north and south of the North Fork bridge on Highway 126 in Florence.

Crabbing is an easy, relaxing way to pass a few hours and meet new friends.  You can rent the necessary items at many Florence bait shops.  The best time for crabbing is an hour before or after high tide. Crabbing is best between July and October at the south jetty dock.

 

 

 

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