Popular Lakes & Rivers

The Willamette National Forest has many lakes and rivers that offer a variety of water recreation activities like boating, swimming, and fishing. We have featured some of the most popular lakes and reservoirs as well as the McKenzie River.

Each link on the list of featured water recreation areas below will take you to a page that describes the area and the kinds of activities you can do there as well as facilities nearby.

Reservoirs Lakes Rivers
  • McKenzie River
  • North Santiam River
  • South Santiam River
  • Willamette River


Boating Regulations & Boating Safety: Oregon State Marine Board manages boating regulations. Visit their website for boating regulations and safety information. They also have links to information about water levels in the reservoirs.

Boating Safety

Boating Laws

Fishing Regulations & Information: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife manages fishing regulations. Visit their website for information on fishing seasons and fishing licenses.

Reservoir and River Level Information: From the US Army Corps of Engineers.