9,000 Surface acres. The Fern Ridge Lake project is 12 miles northwest of downtown Eugene and near
Veneta. The dam is an earthfill structure with a gated concrete spillway for regulation of lake levels. The dam was completed in 1941 at a cost of $6 million. Six park sites and several remote access points around the lake offer a variety of day use recreation opportunities. A private concession on the peninsula at the south end of the lake has overnight camping sites.
Are they permitted? yes
Can you swim in the lake? yes
Water clarity - 1
Average water level variance? The water level is kept as high as possible from April through September. The level usually drops 2 - 3 ft during the summer due to irrigation needs downstream. During winter, the level is lowered to provide storage capacity for flood control.
Depth of Lake:
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