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Fall Creek project data

Dam length 5,100 ft 1,554.5 m
Height 205 ft 54.9 m
Elevation (NGVD*) 839 ft 255.7 m
Lake length 6.8 mi 10.9 km
Area when full 1,820 ac 736.5 ha
*National Geodetic Vertical Datum

Fall Creek pamphlet 

Contact us about Fall Creek:
General: 541-684-4300
Recreation: 541-942-5631

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Fall Creek Dam & Reservoir

Fall Creek Dam and Lake

Link to PDF version of Fall Creek Dam map graphic

Fall Creek Dam is at river mile 7.2 on Fall Creek, a tributary of the Willamette River, about 20 miles southeast of Eugene, Ore. It is a rockfill structure with a gated concrete spillway and outlet works for regulating lake levels. Fall Creek was completed in 1966 at a cost of $22 million. 

Fall Creek Dam works in coordination with Lookout Point and Hills Creek dams to provide flood risk management, water quality improvement, irrigation, recreation, and habitat for fish and wildlife. During flood season, the dams hold back water to regulate downstream flows. Fall Creek Lake provides 115,100 acre-feet of storage and controls runoff from 184 square miles of drainage area.

Fall Creek recreation

Day-use parks: Fall Creek Lake has one day-use park operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It  has no associated fees and is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Tufti Park a minimally developed day use area with Fall Creek access, a gravel parking lot, hiking trail and vault toilet. For more information, call the Willamette Valley Project Park Ranger Office at 541-942-5631.

Five day-use sites at Fall Creek are operated by Oregon Parks and Recreation: Winberry Creek Park, North Shore Park, Free Meadows, Lakeside I & IICall either the park office at 541-937-1173 or the State Parks Information Center at 800-551-6949. 

Camping: Two campgrounds at Fall Creek are operated by Oregon State Parks: Cascara Campground and Fisherman's Point Campground. Call the Oregon State Parks Department 541-937-1173 for more information. Cascara also has a life jacket loaner station available.

One campground at Fall Creek is a private camp for educational purposes: Sky CampThe caretaker can be reached at 541-937-3355.

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Environmental stewardship at Fall Creek Dam

The Fall Creek uplands and lake provide more than 3,500 acres of habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including   waterfowl, upland game birds, song birds, bald eagles, osprey, black-tailed deer and other species. Rare species found here include salmon, red-legged frogs, and western pond turtles. Western bluebirds and other songbirds breed in nest boxes maintained by the Corps.

The Willamette Valley Environmental Stewardship program focuses on restoring degraded uplands, wetlands and streams on Corps lands. Recent efforts to improve habitat quality for wildlife on Corps’ lands center on replacement of exotic and invasive plants with native trees and shrubs, and restoration of hydrology and topography to support native plant communities and wildlife habitat.

To mitigate impacts of Fall Creek Dam on Chinook salmon, the Corps operates an adult fish collection facility at the base of the dam. The facility collects returning salmon and Corps personnel transport them upstream to spawn. The Corps also promotes resident fisheries within Fall Creek in co-operations with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Additionally, the Corps supports ongoing efforts for recovery of the Oregon chub within the Fall Creek basin.

Flood risk management at Fall Creek Dam

Conservation season - April to November: None.
Flood season - November to March: Restrict pool to 822 feet.

For more information, visit our Water page.