The middle fork of the Willamette River has outstanding fishing opportunities for boat and bank anglers.
Willamette Zone

65 Places to go Fishing in Lane County

Lane County offers so much to explore -- from coastal lakes and rivers to mountain lakes and streams. The Willamette River runs through the Eugene-Springfield metro area and is fed by three major rivers: the McKenzie, Middle Fork Willamette and Coast Fork Willamette. Florence is surrounded by large dune lakes, the Siuslaw River and Pacific Ocean. With so many places to fish, it’s no wonder Lane County is an anglers’ paradise.

                                                                                                               Find these locations on Google maps 

1-10. EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD AREA

1. Alton Baker Canoe Canal, Eugene
Trout, salmon, steelhead, some bass and panfish
Access is via Alton Baker Park with an adjacent trail that runs nearly the entire length. The canal, effectively a side channel of the river, is stocked with rainbow trout. An occasional steelhead makes its way in from the mainstem Willamette. A midpoint pond offers good fishing, rounding out this popular location.

 

2. Beltline Landing at Beltline and River Ave., Mainstem Willamette River
Trout, salmon, steelhead, some bass and panfish
Often a take-out for floating the “town run” of summer steelhead, this landing also provides bank access, summer recreation and a launch for a lesser-floated reach to the town of Harrisburg.

 

3. Island Park, Mainstem Willamette River
Trout, salmon, steelhead, some bass and panfish
Provides good bank access to the river as well as a boat ramp.

 

4. Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System (Willamette River Trail), Mainstem Willamette River
Trout, salmon, steelhead, some bass and panfish
A unique opportunity to target summer steelhead from late spring into early fall with or without a boat. Bike paths line the river from Island Park in Springfield to Randy Pape Beltline in north Eugene. Target the long bedrock runs and pools. Access to amenities in multiple locations.

 

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5. Clearwater Landing, Middle Fork Willamette River
Trout, salmon, steelhead
Recently upgraded facilities with access to the Middle Fork Path. Makes a nice put-in for floating down into the mainstem Willamette, with take-outs at Island Park, D Street or Alton Baker Park.

 

6. Armitage Park, McKenzie River
Trout, salmon, steelhead
Provides great access to boat or bank fishing with full amenities. Popular take-out for a float from Hayden Bridge.

 

7. Hayden Bridge, McKenzie River
Trout, salmon, steelhead
Easy access to a stretch of river with less technical water that fishes well for native trout. Limited bank access available.

 

8. Hendricks Bridge, McKenzie River
Trout, salmon, steelhead
A peaceful oasis close to Springfield, this park offers full amenities, some bank access and a popular boat ramp. Ending point for salmon trips from Leaburg or starting point for wild trout floats to Hayden Bridge.

 

9. Deerhorn, McKenzie River
Trout, salmon, steelhead
Located on Holden Creek Rd. off of Hwy. 126, there is a ½-mile stretch of bank access as well as a boat launch.

 

10. Jessen Pond
Small ODFW-owned pond in a neighborhood. A warmwater fishery with limited parking along Jessen Dr.

Photo by Stefan Zeltvay

11-18. COTTAGE GROVE AREA

11. Riverside Park, Coast Fork Willamette River
Trout
Access through town and just north of town to the mainstem Coast Fork Willamette River. Technical float due to multiple navigation hazards.

 

12. Cloverdale Rd. at Sears Rd., Coast Fork Willamette River
Good bank access and inflatable boat launch. Roadside parking for vehicles.

 

Photo by Kathy Munsel

13. Lynx Hollow, Coast Fork Willamette River
Trout
Although a gate at the entrance is open occasionally, plan on walk-in access only at this beautiful green space on the mainstem Coast Fork.

 

14. Mosby Creek
Trout
This Row River tributary is immediately southeast of Cottage Grove with multiple access points along Mosby Creek Rd. and Blue Mountain Rd. This creek offers good fishing for hardworking trout anglers. Steelhead are occasionally caught.

15. Row River at Schwarz Park
Trout
Schwarz Park is about 5 miles east of Cottage Grove and provides access to the Row River at the base of Dorena Dam. Offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities, including swimming, hiking, biking, and a hand launch for small watercraft. No formal day use, but anglers are welcome to park at gate and walk through to access.

 

16. Row River Nature Park, (aka East Regional Park)
Trout, bass, bluegill, bullhead
The pond with a dock is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring providing an excellent family-friendly fishery. Though none of the other ponds are stocked, the park has been a focus of restoration efforts and hosts great wildlife viewing opportunities. There is an unimproved boat ramp and bank access to the Row River.

 

17. Lakeside Park, Cottage Grove Reservoir
Trout, bass, bluegill, bullhead
Smaller reservoir with diverse and productive fishing, open year-round. Health advisory (mercury) for fish consumption.

 

18. Baker Bay County Park, Dorena Reservoir
Trout, bass, bluegill, bullhead, crappie
Diverse fishing in a lake that is also popular with boaters and swimmers. Health advisory (mercury) for fish consumption.

 

19-26. LOWELL/DEXTER AREA

19. Dexter State Recreation Area, Middle Fork Willamette and Dexter Reservoir
Trout, salmon, steelhead, bass
This area spans both the river and the reservoir. Plenty of amenities are available at the reservoir, including boat launch, dock and bank access. The reservoir is primarily a trout and warmwater fishery. Drive a little further into the park to access the river. There is a boat ramp and bank access for salmon and steelhead anglers.

 

Middle Fork of the Willamette - Photo by Martyne Reesman

20. Jasper Bridge, Middle Fork Willamette
Trout, salmon, steelhead
Provides good bank fishing and an unimproved boat launch on the south bank. This is a nice take-out for the Dexter-Jasper float or a stopover for a longer float.

 

21. Pengra Boat Launch, Middle Fork Willamette
Trout, salmon, steelhead
A good boat launch with bank access. At lower water levels, there is some access to less-fished water across the river.

 

22. Fall Creek (above Fall Creek Reservoir)
Trout
Picturesque stream and a popular summer rcreation spot with swimming holes. Good bank access from multiple campgrounds.

 

Dexter Reservoir - photo by Martyne Reesman

23. Lowell State Recreation Area, Dexter Reservoir
Trout, bass
Trout fishing is best from fall to spring. Heavy use by water-skiers and sailboaters. Home to a pickminnow derby during the Blackberry Jam Festival in late July.

 

24. Cascara Campground, Fall Creek Reservoir
Trout, bass, crappie
Popular recreation area with access to camping, hiking, swimming and boating. Bank access via campgrounds, boat ramps and picnic area.

 

25-26. Lookout Point Reservoir
Trout, crappie 
Year-round fishing and recreation opportunities. Trolling from a boat does well here, although bank fishing can be productive for trout. Multiple ramps are available.

25. West Boundary Rd. on the north side from Lowell.

 

26. Signal Point Boat Ramp

 

27-34. OAKRIDGE AREA

27. Black Canyon Campground, Middle Fork Willamette
Located within a beautiful, shady campground, the boat ramp remains open year-round and provides access to the head of Lookout Point Reservoir.

 

28. North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette
Trout
Fishing pressure is light on this beautiful and remote-feeling river in a deep canyon. Fly-fishing with barbless hooks only. Access from pullouts along FS Rd. 19; the lower 12 miles offer particularly good water. Although this is also a popular summer swimming stream.

 

29. Salmon Creek
Trout
Located immediately northeast of Oakridge via Salmon Creek Rd. (FS Rd. 24). Multiple access points at pullouts, bridges, and a campground, as well as hiking to a waterfall and mountain biking. Visit ODFW’s Willamette Hatchery along the way!

 

30. Erma Bell Lakes
Trout
Series of three lakes north of Waldo Lake in the high Cascades with hike-in access. Very popular area for hikers, providing access to other trails and lakes.

 

31. Gold Lake
Trout
Beautiful, easy-access lake in the Cascades near Willamette Pass. Fly-fishing only for brook and rainbow trout. No motors, but good for small watercraft and/or float tube.

 

32-33. Hills Creek Reservoir
Trout, crappie, bass                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
A popular reservoir with many access points. Other recreation opportunities include camping, hiking trails and mountain biking.

32. Packard Creek Campground

 

33. C.T. Beach Picnic Area

34. Shadow Bay Campground, Waldo Lake
Trout, kokanee
One of the largest and clearest lakes in Oregon, Waldo was historically stocked with a variety of trout species, but it no longer stocked. Fishing is challenging but October can be rewarding at the southern end. Bank access is limited. 

 

35-38. LEABURG AREA

35. Ben and Kay Dorris Wayside, McKenzie River
This scenic site offers nice bank access as well as an easy boat launch. Good take out to avoid Marten Rapids just downstream.

Leaburg Lake

36. Leaburg Lake
Trout
This easy-access, family-friendly location is near ODFW's Leaburg Hatchery. It provides access for fishing from bank or boat. 

 

37. Leaburg Landing, McKenzie River
Trout, salmon, steelhead
Some bank access available primarily for salmon and steelhead. Good access to the middle river below Leaburg Dam.


     

    38. Greenwood Landing, McKenzie River
    Trout, salmon, steelhead
    This popular boat launch also provides bank access for anglers. 

     

    39-48. BLUE RIVER AREA

    McKenzie River - Photo by ODFW

    39. Silver Creek Landing, McKenzie River
    Trout, steelhead
    An unimproved launch 3 miles west of Nimrod provides access for both bank and boat anglers.

     

    40. Finn Rock Landing, McKenzie River
    Trout, steelhead
    This is a popular launch for a day trip on the McKenzie and also offers good bank access on the upstream side.

     

    41. Paradise Campground, McKenzie River
    Trout, steelhead
    Located in the campground, this launch provides access to a beautiful stretch of the upper river.

     

    42. Blue River Reservoir
    Trout, bass
    Very popular summer recreation lake with trail access. Open year-round and stocked in spring and early summer. Bank access is at boat ramps and along the shoreline.

     

    43. Carmen Reservoir
    Trout
    Open year-round, this small, easy-access lake fishes well through the summer. Motorized boats prohibited.

     

    44. Trail Bridge Reservoir
    Trout
    This 90-acre "flies and lures only" lake has hatchery trout to take home, but is catch-and-release only for wild trout. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

     

    Clear Lake - Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW

    45. Clear Lake Resort, Clear Lake 
    Trout
    Headwaters of the McKenzie River, 148-acre natural lake famous for its “underwater forest.” Motorized boats prohibited. Non-motorized boat rentals available at county-owned resort on site.

     

    46. Slide Creek Campground, Cougar Reservoir
    Trout
    Bank anglers can head to the upper end of the reservoir and boat anglers to the coves for the best fishing on this large waterbody.

     

    47. Linton Lake
    Trout
    A rare brown trout lake in the high Cascades. Accessed by marked hiking trails off Hwy. 242 (closed in winter). Brook trout also are available.

     

    48. Smith Reservoir
    Trout
    A boat launch at the dam provides access to a boat-in campground. The lake fishes well and receives little pressure. Access to the scenic McKenzie River National Recreation Trail is nearby and offers great hiking. Very little bank access.

     

    Photo by Chris Shubothe

    49-54. FERN RIDGE AREA

    49. Orchard Point Park, Fern Ridge Reservoir
    Crappie, bass, bluegill, bullhead, warmouth, carp
    Western Oregon’s largest waterbody by surface area, this reservoir offers excellent warmwater fishing for large bass and panfish. Good bank access. Additional access at several parks and along the dam face. Explore the shallow lagoons and bottomland creeks on the south end from a canoe or kayak.

     

    50. Junction City Pond, Junction City
    Trout
    This easy-access pond is great for beginners and has fishing docks and restrooms. High use from nearby urban areas.

     

    51. Whittaker Creek Boat Launch, Whittaker Creek Rd. at Siuslaw River Rd.
    Cutthroat trout, salmon, steelhead
    Provides boat and bank access to the Siuslaw in an area with extensive smolt releases. Bobber and jig can be effective for both boat and bank anglers. Seasonal amenities at BLM campground.

     

    52-53. Lake Creek
    Salmon, steelhead, cutthroat trout
    This tributary to the Siuslaw has good fishing in the lower reach below Green Creek. Hwy. 36 tracks the creek closely. Facilities available at the BLM site. 

    52. Deadwood Boat Ramp near the mouth of Deadwood Creek.

     

    53. Konnie Memorial Park near the town of Swisshome. Primitive boat launch.

     

    54. Triangle Lake
    Trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, bullhead, kokanee
    This large, popular, natural lake offers varied fishing that can be good, especially on the south and east shores. Access by boat or from a fishing pier.


      Trout Fishing - Oregon Fish and Wildlife

       

      55-65. FLORENCE AREA

      55. Cushman, Siuslaw River
      Cutthroat trout, salmon, steelhead
      A paved public dock located on the Siuslaw east of Florence. Nice access for salmon and steelhead.

       

      56. Port of Siuslaw, Siuslaw River
      Cutthroat trout, salmon, steelhead
      Great location for fishing, clamming or crabbing within walking distance of Old Town Florence. Full amenities are available.

       

      57. Rhododendron Drive, Siuslaw River
      Cutthroat trout, salmon, steelhead
      Good opportunity for Chinook and coho fishing on a rip-rapped bank just above the mouth.

      58. Alder Lake
      Trout
      Adjacent to a campground, this 3-acre dune lake provides family-friendly access for trout fishing and trails.

       

      59. Carl G. Washburn Memorial State Park
      Surf perch
      Easy beach access from the park and known for producing good surf perch opportunities, particularly in spring and summer. Check in with your local ODFW office for advice on how to rig your tackle. Amenities available in the park.

       

      60-61. Honeyman State Park, Florence
      Trout, yellow perch, bass
      Large, deep coastal dune lakes accessed via Honeyman State Park on opposite sides of Hwy. 101. Wide variety of recreational opportunities with options for the whole family; bank access is mostly limited to boat ramp areas. Camping and all other amenities are within the state park.

      Clewox Lake - photo by Kevin Herkamp

      60. Clewox Lake

       

      61. Woahink Lake

       

      62. Munsel Lake, Florence
      Trout, yellow perch, bass
      Popular for boating, swimming and fishing, this shore dune lake offers varied fishing opportunities. Shoreline is mostly privately owned; access at boat ramp.

      63. Siltcoos Lake, Dune City
      Salmon, trout, yellow perch, catfish, crappie, bass
      This large, somewhat shallow lake is well-used and has a wide variety of fish available, including coho salmon.

       

      64. South Jetty County Park
      Crab, surf perch, rockfish
      While you can fish for salmon or rockfish, the big draw here is crabbing. Also provides beach and OHV access. Many local shops offer crab pot rentals.

       

      65. Sutton Lake
      Trout, yellow perch, bass
      Actually comprised of two lakes (East and West Sutton) that are linked by a short channel. Shoreline is mostly private; bank access at boat ramp and campground.

       

      If you have more time and a boat...

      These trips are appropriate for drift boats, pontoons or kayaks. Boaters are always responsible for knowing their craft, the nature of the river and their own abilities. Scout before you go!

      1. Middle Fork Willamette River: Pengra to Jasper or Clearwater. A few technical spots keep boaters alert on this classic fish-and-float for trout and the occasional salmon or steelhead. A close-in trip that feels like a remote getaway.

      2. McKenzie River: Hayden Bridge to Armitage Park. A gentle float with a few technical spots and abundant trout make this stretch relaxing and enjoyable. Catch-and- release, flies and lures only on this reach.

      3. Row River/Coast Fork Willamette River: Row River Rd. Bridge to Cloverdale. Some nice trout fishing on a smaller river. Best time to float is in the spring when water levels are high.

      4. Willamette River: The Town Run. Put in at Island Park in Springfield or Alton Baker Park in Eugene and float to Beltline. Very productive for summer steelhead starting in late spring and early summer.

      If you go, consider…

      Travel Lane County can help you coordinate the details of your trip:

      • Use a local fishing guide to make the most of your time!
      • Learn which day-use permits are needed. Permits may not be available for purchase at fishing locations.
      • Road conditions can change quickly. Check before you go: www.tripcheck.com

      What you need

      • A fishing license if you are older than 12
      • A fishing rod, tackle, lures
      • A copy of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations
      • Licenses and regulations are available at license agents and online.

      Key

      Restrooms
      Boat launch
      Picnic area
      Camping
      Disabled Access
      Day use, parking or other fee

       

      Header photo by Martyne Reesman

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