Echo Day Use and Boat Launch

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Echo Day Use Area is a cool retreat on a hot summer day. The picnic sites are shaded by a grove of young Douglas fir and few of the picnic sites overlook Cougar Reservoir. The boat launch provides access to Cougar Reservoir. 

East Fork, Lower Trailhead is adjacent to Echo Picnic Area.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Camping is restricted to developed campgrounds in the Cougar Recreation Area.
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: McKenzie River Ranger District
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information


From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Road 19).

Proceed south on Aufderheide Drive, taking a right at the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.

Turn east on Forest Road 1993, crossing Cougar Reservoir and winding around the lake 2 miles to Echo Picnic Area and Boat Launch.

General Notes:

Fire rings, refuse receptacles, NO water

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.

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There are two large parking areas provided for the forest visitors using the picnic sites and paved boat ramp. The paved parking area provides parking for the trailhead and overflow for Echo.

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Picnic tables
Drinking water None
Toilets Vault
Boat ramp
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1700 feet