There is no time like the present, and so we decided to take the boat out during the first week of May. It was cold, but we were ready to get the season started!
We went to Fern Ridge Reservoir which is located just 12 miles west of Downtown Eugene. It’s a quick drive and we frequently have the lake all to ourselves. Fern Ridge is 9,000 acres, which makes it southern Willamette Valley’s largest reservoir. It can be accessed by heading west on Clear Lake Rd just less than 6 miles from OR-99 N.
Fern Ridge is popular for various water sports including:
- water skiing
- flat water kayaking
- stand up paddling
We have seen all of these activities while out on the water. I haven’t tried them all. Have you? I would love to give windsurfing, paddle boarding and sailing a try! They are the only ones I have not done.
Another great thing about Fern Ridge, the boat ramp is one of the easiest we’ve seen. The ramp itself is short and there are two ramps to prevent congestion. The staff at the lake have always been friendly and willing to help making each trip enjoyable!
If you do not feel like hauling your boat each trip, they also have a marina you can store your boat at for a monthly fee.
We have always had a great time at Fern Ridge, whether it is just us or we bring a crowd, everyone has a wonderful adventure. Hopefully I’ll see you there!