Echo Day Use and Boat Launch

Area Status: 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

Current Conditions: 5/13/22: Recreational day-use sites and campgrounds will not be accessible from Highway 126 due to fire recovery work in April and May. After the snow melts, recreation sites will be accessible from the south side of Forest Service Road 19 through Westfir. View closure order and map.
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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking


Day use only

No. of Sites 7 day use sites
Reservation Info No reservations. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized




Picnic tables:
Toilets: Vault
Boat ramp:
Drinking water: None

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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1700 feet