Lookout Boat Launch

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

When water level allows, this popular launch site provides access to Blue River Reservoir. Lookout Boat Launch, located near Lookout Campground, has a large paved parking area and a concrete boat ramp with a floating dock.

In the summer months, Blue River Reservoir is a popular place for fishing, boating, swimming, waterskiing and stand-up paddle boarding. The reservoir is 6.4 miles long and when full, has a surface area of 1,420 acres. The dam is 1,265 feet long and 270 feet high. In the winter months, the reservoir is primarily used as storage for floodwaters in winter.

In late summer, early fall through mid-March, the water levels on Blue River Reservoir are frequently drawn down to the point where boat launches are no longer available. Non-motorized watercraft such as kayaks and rafts can still find enough water, but there is no access for motorized boats. Reservoir and river level information is available from the US Army Corps of Engineers here. Watch for obstructions near the shoreline such as submerged stumps, logs and rocks. Small craft should stay out of open waters when it is windy since dangerous waves can build up suddenly.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/7/23: Temporarily closed due to Lookout Fire. See closure order and map.

Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $9 per vehicle, per day
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: April through August best for boat ramp accessibility.
Passes: No passes honored.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information


From Blue River, OR, travel 3 miles east on Highway 126 to Forest Road 15.  Proceed north 3 miles on Forest Road 15 to the north side of Blue River Reservoir. Look for Lookout Campground on the left.

General Notes:

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.

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.

Campground and Boat Launch Map

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Large paved parking area

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized



Toilets: Vault
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