The reservoir is primarily used as a storage space for floodwaters in winter, but is filled for the summer recreation season. The reservoir is 6.4 miles long, 1,420 acres when full, dam is 1,265 feet long and 270 feet high.
Water levels and boat ramp accessibility information is available from the Oregon State Marine Board website. Look for Blue River Reservoir in the section titled "Willamette Basin Reservoirs." Be watchful for obstructions near the shoreline such as submerged stumps, logs, and rocks. Small craft are advised to stay out of open waters when winds become threatening as dangerous waves can build up suddenly.
At a Glance
5 miles northeast of Blue River. From Blue River, travel 3 miles east on Hwy 126 to Road 15. Saddle Dam Boat Launch is 1 mile from the Road 15 and Hwy 126 junction while Lookout Boat Launch is 4 miles.