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Dexter Reservoir

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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

Dexter Reservoir is best viewed in winter, when waterfowl are plentiful. Scan the lake for Redhead, Canvasback, Goldeneye, both species of scaup, Bufflehead, American Wigeon, and more. Long-tailed Duck has shown up in fall. In summer, look for nesting Bald Eagle and Osprey. At Dexter State Recreation Site, view the open water from the boat ramp area. On the way back to the hwy, turn R and go 0.5 mi to the base of the dam; walk through the first yellow gate to several gravel pit ponds. A riverside trail leads from here 5 mi to Elijah Bristow State Park (Site M12). The covered bridge 1 mi upstream also offers good look at open water. From here, cross N to small town of Lowell, and either go 1 mi E to Lowell State Recreation Site (for concentrations of Ring-billed, California, and Glaucous-winged Gulls in winter) or go R on Main St 1 block, turn R on North Shore and continue 0.5 mi to Orchard Park for another look at open water.

From I-5 at Goshen, take Hwy 58 E for 11 mi. Turn L into Dexter State Recreation Site, or continue E 1 mi on Hwy 58 and turn L on Jasper-Lowell Rd to park at the covered bridge. Transit: Lane Transit District Bus 92 stops at Lowell (limited schedule).


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  • Phone:
    (541) 937-2131
  • Address:
    Springfield, OR 97452
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