...all summer long

Sooner or later, visitors and newcomers to Cottage Grove soon discover what old-timers have known for years: that this end of the Willamette Valley off ers a spectacular array of activities to match the diverse interests and passions of its people.
The Sentinel staff sincerely hopes you enjoy the 2016 edition of its popular Recreation Guide as much as we enjoy bringing it to you each year. We trust you will fi nd its contents informative and useful, whether you’re planning a long weekend in the woods or a night on the town.
Visitors travel to Cottage Grove year-round, but summertime brings a season of activity unrivaled by many small communities. Watersports enthusiasts flock to Dorena and Cottage Grove reservoirs, both located conveniently close to town, which offer fishing, water skiing, boating, windsurfing and many other aquatic activities, in addition to great picnic and camping facilities. The Row River Trail continues to draw acclaim as a premier cycling destination, and cyclists can easily access its paved pathway in town and ride for miles upstream, past Dorena Reservoir on a slow, gradual climb.
Cottage Grove off ers a packed summer schedule for many events downtown, and a walk down Main Street, with its historic buildings and many murals, still recalls the town’s early years. Bohemia Mining Days brings Cottage Grove’s mining history to life each July in Coiner Park, and monthly art walks, the popular Concert in the Park series and weekly grower’s markets give both residents and visitors the chance to take in local culture and spectacular summer weather. Theater enthusiasts can view world class productions at the Cottage Theatre or experience a taste of the avant garde at the Opal Theater downtown.
The town is also known as the “Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon,” and a drive or bike ride past seven historic bridges is only minutes away.
With so many options for fun in our community, we hope you’ll consider visiting often and taking advantage of all this town has to off er. And of course, take this handy guide with you for countless hours of unrivaled entertainment!

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