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Lookout Point Dam and Reservoir

Lookout Point DamLookout Point Dam is at river mile 21.3 on the Middle Fork Willamette River, about 22 miles southeast of Eugene, Ore.


Lookout Point Dam is an earth and gravel-filled dam with concrete gated spillways. It was completed in 1954 at a cost of $88.2 million. Since then, it has helped prevent more than $5.3 billion in potential flood damages. Lookout Point Dam has three hydropower generating units capable of producing 50 megawatts each.


In coordination with Hills Creek and Fall Creek dams, the three dams work together for the purposes of flood risk management, water quality improvement, irrigation, fish and wildlife habitat and recreation.

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Lookout Point pamphlet

Contact us about Lookout Point:
General: 541-684-4300
Recreation: 541-942-5631

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Lookout Point recreation

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Open May 25 - Sept. 3 (last night to camp is 9/2)

Availability: first-come, first-served.

  • $14 per night per site
  • $6 per day, per extra vehicle
For more information, call the Willamette Valley Project Park Ranger Office: 541-942-5631. For reservations, call 1-877-444-6777 or go to www.recreation.gov

Open daily from dusk until 8:00 a.m., May 11 - Sept. 9. There is no fee for the day-use area. There are no group picnic areas or shelters available for reservations. Meridian Park is on the north side of the dam on West Boundary Rd.

Amenities include:

  • Gravel road and parking area
  • Vault toilet
  • Picnic tables
  • Boat ramp with a new courtesy dock. (This ramp may be unusable in late summer, depending on water levels.)

For more information, call the Willamette Valley Project Park Ranger Office at 541-942-5631. 


Open year-round. There is no fee to use this boat ramp. Signal Point Boat Ramp is on West Boundary Rd., 4.9 miles upstream from the dam and 6.3 miles from Lowell. 

Amenities include:

  • Paved parking lot
  • Vault toilet
  • Low-water-level paved boat ramp with a courtesy dock.

For more information, call the Willamette Valley Project Park Ranger Office at 541-942-5631.

Lookout Point map

Lookout Point hydropower

Generators / total output three 120 mw

Operations: Lookout Point

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The 7,800 acres that make up Lookout Point are managed cooperatively by the Corps and the Willamette National Forest. The lake and its shoreline provide habitat for a number of rare species, including northern spotted owl, western pond turtles, Chinook salmon, and Oregon chub.  Bald eagles winter and regularly nest at Lookout Point.


The Willamette Valley Environmental Stewardship program focuses on restoring degraded uplands, wetlands and streams on Corps lands. Recent wildlife habitat improvements on Corps lands here center on replacing invasive plants with native trees and shrubs, and restoring hydrology and topography to support native plants and wildlife habitat.


To mitigate impacts of Corps dams on Chinook salmon and the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, the Corps constructed the Willamette Fish Hatchery near Oakridge and the holding ponds downstream of Dexter Dam. These are operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with funds provided by the Corps. Additionally, the Corps supports ongoing efforts for the recovery of Oregon chub and bull trout within the Middle Fork Willamette River basin.

Conservation season: April - Nov.: Restrict pool elevation to 915 ft.
Flood season: Nov. - March: Restrict pool elevation to 915 ft.

More information is on our Water page.

Lookout Point project data

Dam length 3,381.5ft 1,030.5 m
Height 276 ft 84.1 m
Elevation (NGVD*) 941 ft 286.8 m
Lake length 14.2 mi 22.8 km
Area when full 4,360ac 1,764.5 ha
*National Geodetic Vertical Datum