Saddle Dam Boat Launch

When water level allows, this popular launch site provides access to Blue River Reservoir. This natural boat ramp is on an old access road the US Army Corps of Engineers used when building the Blue River and Saddle Dams.

The boat ramp is typically closed mid-October to mid-March or when the reservoir level reaches 1,295 feet. Reservoir levels fluctuate and open/close dates may be earlier or later.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Reservoir and river level information is available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website.
Operational Hours: 2023 Seaon: April 14 - September 17
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Toilets
Fees: $9 per vehicle, per day
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Blue River, OR
McKenzie Bridge, OR
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413

General Information


Parking space for approximately 15-20 vehicles and boat trailers.


From Blue River, OR, travel 3 miles east on Highway 126 to Forest Road 15. Proceed north 1 mile on Forest Road 15 to Saddle Dam Boat Launch on the left.

General Notes:

Boat Launch Map

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.

Close to:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized




Toilets: Vault
Boat ramp: Natural

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1360 feet