Eugene, Oregon - Lane County Parks
Lane County Parks
Lane County Parks attract over 3 million visitors per year and for good reason. Visitors get a memorable experience at Lane County parks that includes outdoor recreation, exquisite panoramic views of the natural setting and cherished quality time with family and friends. Sportsmen, fishermen, campers and outdoors lovers alike will find a lot to admire and plenty of reasons to come back to Lane County Parks after visiting for a first time. Although the parks are spread out across Lane County, most are just a short drive from the Eugene/Springfield Metropolitan area and are easily accessible via I-5.
The Lane County Parks Division maintains and manages all of the 72 recreational sites in Lane County that cover over 4,600 acres from the coastline to the Cascades. This is made even more impressive due to the Division’s limited budget, not a cent of which comes from state property taxes. Despite the limitations, the Division is still able to provide all the services and amenities that visitors ask for. Lane County Parks are broken up into three districts, Coast District, Fern Ridge District and the McKenzie Willamette District. Each district has its own aesthetic, indigenous plant and wildlife and variety of activities available at its parks.
The Coast District features campgrounds with spectacular oceanic views along riverbanks and rocky beaches. The Harbor Vista Park and Campground is one of these. Located three miles north of Florence, this 15 acre park is open year round and gives visitors breathtaking vantage points of the Pacific Ocean from scenic rocky bluffs. Also in the Coast District is Camp Lane, which is located on the Siuslaw River 42 miles west of Eugene and is used as a camping facility for rent to large groups, businesses and organizations.
Fern Ridge District
The Fern Ridge District is comprised of parks and campgrounds on or near the Fern Ridge Lake and Reservoir. These parks feature plenty of space for outdoor adventure, water sports and overnight family camping trips. Richardson Park and Campground is located just 16 miles west of Eugene and is the closest public campground to the Eugene/Springfield area. This 157 acre space is used for day and night camping and includes game areas, picnic tables, an amphitheatre, swim area and a marina with boat storage on the Fern Ridge Lake. Other parks in this district include Orchard Point Park and Perkins Peninsula Park.
McKenzie Willamette District
Parks in the McKenzie Willamette District are spread out on the eastern side of the Eugene/Springfield Metropolitan area, with some running along the McKenzie River. The rivers allow for great fishing and boating, while the ample amount of park and camping space allows for family picnics, hiking and biking and outdoor games. Armitage Park is one park in the district that is both popular with fishermen and with families, as it a traditional spot for gatherings and reunions. Baker Bay Park, Hendricks Bridge Park and the Howard Buford Recreation Area also provide activities on land and on the water, with the latter featuring views of Mt.Pisgah.