Cottage Grove, Oregon
Hiking and Biking
Umpqua National Forest
78405 Cedar Park Road
The Cottage Grove Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest has five regular campgrounds and eight less developed campgrounds. They can be reached by taking the Cottage Grove/Dorena exit from Interstate 5.
- Hobo Camp - There are two undeveloped campsites and a pit toilet. There is flat ground for from two to four trailers or RVs.
- Lund Park - There are three undeveloped campsites with room for two combination tents and trailers. Two pit toilets are on site.
- Mineral Camp - There are two undeveloped campsites with wooden tables, firepits and a pit toilet.
- Rujada Campground - Features 10 campsites with wooden tables and tent pads, along with eight combination tent/auto/trailer sites and 10 picnic sites. It has flush toilets, running water and a host. $4 charge per day.
- Other smaller, less developed camping areas include:
- Boy Scout Camp
- Brice Creek Area
- Crawfish Lake
- Crawfish Shelter
- Emerald Pool
- Gleason's Cabin
- Saddle Camp Shelter
- Twin Rocks Shelter
Other campsites are available at Cottage Grove and Dorena Lakes. Most sites are on a first come, first served basis.
Cottage Grove Lake
Cottage Grove Lake, located on the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, is about five miles south of Cottage Grove. The lake is three miles long and covers an area of 1,158 acres when full. The Army Corps of Engineers manages five parks aroung the lake.
- Shortridge Park - This park is mainly for day use and has restrooms, drinking water and picnicking facilities.
- Wilson Creek Park - This park has a swimming beach, boat ramp, drinking water and picnicking.
- Pine Meadows Campground - Located on the east side of Cottage Grove Lake, it has restrooms, showers, drinking water, swimming area, camp sites and RV sites with no utilities. Fees are charged - for more information, call 541-942-5631.
- Primitive Campground - Located between Pine Meadows and Wilson Creek Park, it has restrooms and camp sites. Fees are charged - for more information, call 541-942-5631.
Dorena Lake is located in rolling, partially wooded hill country approximately six miles east of Cottage Grove. The lake is five miles long and covers 1,900 acres when full. Dorena Lake features three parks, including Schwarz Park and Harms Park, both operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, and Baker Bay Park, operated by Lane County.
- Schwarz Park - Located at the base of Dorena Dam on the banks of the Row River, it has restrooms, showers, camp sites and RV sites with no utilities. Fees are charged - for more information, call 541-942-5631.
- Baker Bay Park - Located on the south side of Dorena Lake, it has restrooms, showers, picnicking, a swimming area, boat ramp, camp sites and RV sites with no utilities. Fees are charged. For more information, call (541) 942-7669.
- Harms Park - Located near Rat Creek Road, has restrooms, picnicking, boat launch facilities, fishing and water skiing.
- Village Green Motel, 725 Row River Road, (541) 942-2491 (RV Park)
- Happy Eagle Lodge, 36360 Shoreview Drive, Dorena, (541) 946-1228 (RV Park)
South Lane County has been called an angler's paradise. The most popular type of fishing is bass fishing. Average size of bass caught range from 1.5 to 2.5 pounds.
Cutthroat and rainbow trout can be found throughout the Row River. The best local place for trout fishing is on the Row River where it flows into the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, near Riverside Speedway.
Fishing is allowed at Dorena and Cottage Grove Lakes year round. Local streams and lakes open annualy in late April. Fishermen say that the biggest trout can be found below the Dorena Dam. Dorena Lake is know as one of the best catfishing lakes in western Oregon.
There are many scenic trails available in the Umpqua National Forest. Trails are open to hikers, horses and mountain bikes. All trail users are requested to stay on the trail when visiting the National Forest. Maps are available at the Umpqua National Forest Ranger Station at 2900 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, Oregon or by calling (541) 672-6601.
- Brice Creek Trail - Length: 5.5 miles; use: hiker, horse, mountain bike; degree of difficulty: easy; trailhead: Brice Creek Road #22. The east portion of the trail follows an abandoned ditch built in the early 1900s to channel water to Lund Park where electricity was produced for buildings and several mines.
- Adams Mountain Way - Length: 3.6 miles; use: hiker, horse, mountain bike; degree of difficulty: most difficult; trailhead: Brice Creek Road #22 to Knott Trail. The route was used by early miners travelling from Lund Park to Bohemia City. There are occasional views of the Cascades.
- Crawfish - Length: 5.4 miles; use: hiker, horse, mountain bike; degree of difficulty: most difficult; trailhead: Brice Creek Road #22 to Knott Trail. The trail forms a loop system with Adams Mountain Way and Knott trails, travelling through timber and reforested lands.
- Knott - Length: 4.5 miles; use: hiker, horse, mountain bike; degree of difficulty: more difficult; trailhead: Road #2241-760 to Road #2263-763. This trail was built in 1871 by John Knott to haul mining equipment to Bohemia Mines.
- Noonday - Length: 6.8 miles; use: all, recommend one-way route down for small 4-wheel vehicles; degree of difficulty: more difficult; trailhead: Champion Creek Road #2473 to Noonday Road #2212. This was an historic haul road into the Bohemia Mining District.
- Bohemia National Recreation - Length: 6.5 miles; use: hiker, and horse; degree of difficulty: more difficult; trailhead: Road #23 to Shane Saddle on Road #2358. This trail was built in 1864-65 as a mining route from the Oakland-Roseburg area to the Bohemia Mining District. Portions are designated as a historical National Recreation Trail.
- Fairview Creek Trail - Length: 3.0 miles; use: hiker only; degree of difficulty: more difficult; trailhead: Mineral Camp on Road #2460. The trail parallels Fairview Creek, travelling through old growth forests, steep rock walls and cascading streams.
The following trails are located in the Layng Creek watershed, which is the water supply for the city of Cottage Grove. Overnight camping and swimming are not allowed, but hiking, picnicking and fishing are permitted.
- Mount June - Length: 1.1 miles; use: hiker only; degree of difficulty: more difficult; trailhead: Road #1721-941.
- Sawtooth - Length: 4.0 miles; use: hiker only; degree of difficulty: more difficult; trailhead: Raod #5840-550 to Mount June Trail.
- Hardesty Way - Length: 1.7 miles; use: hiker; degree of difficulty: more difficult; trailhead: Road #1758 to Sawtooth Trail.
- Swordfern - Length: 1.5 miles; use: foot travel only; degree of difficulty: easy to more difficult; trailhead: Road #1700-420 Rujada Campground picnic area.
- Spirit - Length: 0.35 miles; use: hiker; degree of difficulty: easy to more difficult; trailhead: Road #1790. The trail follows a forested ridge, dropping into secluded Spirit FAlls and a pool on Alex Creek.
Biking in the City
- Northwest Neighborhood - For turn of the century historic homes, tour the city's Northwest Neighborhood bounded by West Main Street on the south, North River Road on the east, Chestnut Street at the base of Mount David on the north, and Q Street on the west.
- River Road - The 2.3 mile River Road route is a loop off Pacific Highway 99 and follows the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Portions of this ride are paved while a section of North River Road is a bark trail. This ride features the town's swinging bridge, two covered bridges, several historic homes and three parks.
- Middlefield Village - The Middlefield Village bike path surrounds the golf course along I-5. On this 2.5 mile paved path, cyclists pedal past a portion of the Coast Fork of the Willamette River along the wooded North Regional Park.
Biking in the Countryside
- Lorane Road - For a mostly flat ride that passes lovely pastures and picturesque views of the hills, follow Main Street west of town, which in less than a mile becomes Lorane Road. Strong riders can climb the hill that begins about seven miles out, using their bike's lowest gears, and those who are very ambitious can go on to Lorane, 15 miles out. The road has light to moderate traffic, but it also has a paved wide shoulder ideal for biking.
- Lower Brice Creek Road - Another country route to try is on Lower Brice Creek Road, which begins about 15 miles from town past Culp Creek. The narrow, little travelled road begins off Row River Road on the left for those coming from town offers an easy ride past a creek and countryside pastures.
Covered Bridge Tour - To see the six covered bridges of Cottage Grove, take this self guided tour and experience "the bridges of Lane County".
Hidden Valley Golf Course
Middlefield Village Golf Course
Emerald Valley Golf Course
Chateau Lorane Winery
Located 13 miles west of Cottage Grove, it is the southernmost winery in the Willamette Valley. Free wine tasting is available, and handcrafted items made in Oregon are also for sale.
27012 Briggs Hill Road
Located 25 miles northwest of Cottage Grove near Eugene, Hinman Vineyard has wine tasting and picnic facilities. Be sure to taste the pinot gris, or their award winning gewürztraminer.
Hiking and Biking
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