Lakes and rivers
South Lane County offers the water enthusiast several unique opportunities for fishing, sailing, swimming, windsurfing, boating and more. Two popular lakes and a number of streams are located minutes from Cottage Grove.
Cottage Grove Lake
Cottage Grove Lake, on the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, is about five miles south of Cottage Grove. The lake is three miles long and covers an area of 1,158 acres when full. The Army Corps of Engineers manages five parks around the lake. For information call 541-942-5631.
Shortridge Park, primarily for day use, has restrooms, drinking water and picnicking facilities.
Wilson Creek Park offers an unsupervised swimming beach, boat ramp, restrooms, drinking water and picnicking.
Lakeside Park has restrooms, drinking water, picnicking, unsupervised swimming and a boat ramp.
Pine Meadows Campground has overnight camping and has sites that can accommodate RVs without hookups, an unsupervised swimming beach, drinking water, showers and restrooms.
Primitive Campground has a vault toilet, drinking water and camp
Dorena Lake is located in rolling, partially wooded hill country about six miles east of Cottage Grove. The lake is five miles long and covers 1,900 acres when full. Dorena Lake has four parks, including Baker Bay Park, operated by Lane County, and Harms, Bake Stewart and Schwarz parks, operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.
At Baker Bay, overnight camping is offered along with a boat-launching ramp, picnicking, fishing, water skiing and a marina with boat rentals and supplies.
Harms Park, near Rat Creek Road, has restrooms, picnicking facilities, boat launching, fishing and water skiing, in addition to access to the Row River Trail, a paved path that spans the length of Dorena Reservoir. Schwarz Park has overnight camping, showers, picnic areas and fishing.
Bake Stewart Park is a minimally developed day use area with a parking lot, vault toilets, picnic tables and a gravel trail connecting to the Row River Trail.