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Dorena Lake Loop

  • Length:
    32.8 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    Cottage Grove, Culp Creek, Dorena
  • Region:
    Willamette Valley
  • Attributes:
    Bike Path, Lake Views, Rural

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Start east on E Main St 135 feet (41 meters)
Head northeast on Row River Trail (BLM) 6.2 miles (9987 meters)
Continue east on Row River Rd 5.7 miles (9122 meters)
Slight left onto Row River Trail/Row River Trail (BLM) 4.4 miles (7142 meters)
Continue northwest on Brice Creek Rd 0.6 miles (917 meters)
Slight left onto Row River Trail/Row River Trail (BLM) 2.6 miles (4111 meters)
Turn right onto Row River Rd 1.1 miles (1700 meters)
Continue northwest on Government Rd/Shoreview Dr 6.7 miles (10779 meters)
Continue onto Row River Rd 0.7 miles (1177 meters)
Slight left onto Row River Trail (BLM) 4.8 miles (7653 meters)

There are lots of great places to stop and enjoy the view of the lake, as well as several scenic covered bridges along the route. And most of all, access to a bike path while logging miles is great!

A relatively flat, enjoyable ride along the shore of Dorena Lake. Riders can take a break at Culp Creek (the turnaround point on the east end of the lake) and make the quick journey to Wildwood Falls for a swim. There are also several covered bridges along this route, making for a unique riding experience.

Note: This bike route is part of the proposed Southern Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, along with the Hamm Road Loop, Wolf Creek Loop and Northern Leg routes on this site.

Depart from Row River Road Weigh Station
Head southwest toward Mosby Creek Road
Make sharp left on Mosby Creek Trail
At Mosby Creek Trailhead, meet Mosby Creek Road to the south
Follow Mosby Creek Road to the east
Arrive at Garoutte
Go northeast on Garoutte Road
Turn right on Shoreview Drive
Bear right on Row River Road
Bear right on Row River Trail
Arrive at Row River Trail, on the right in Culp Creek
Depart Row River Trail at Culp Creek
Go back northwest on Row River Trail
Arrive at junction of Row River Trail and Shoreview Drive on the left
Continue west on Row River Trail
Arrive Mosby Creek Trailhead

*Be sure to access the bike path at the beginning of this route as it parallels Mosby Creek Road, and then once leaving Culp Creek, pick up the bike path again to go along the north shore of Dorena Lake.

Photos of this Ride


  1. Had too many kids in tow to make the whole loop. But this is an amazing bike path paved and wide great for all levels of rider. Beautiful scenery the whole ride. Can’t wait to ride it again.

  2. We had a great afternoon on this gorgeous, peaceful, and mellow ride. There are pit stops and picnic benches along the way. Vistas of the lake, birds, and horses make for a lovely ride.

  3. I could stay at the viewing bench looking out at Dorena Lake alllllllll day.

  4. […] Grove to Dorena and back again. Here’s a link to Ride Oregon website on the almost 33 mile Dorena Lake Loop. Signs indicated this is also a walking trail. Maybe a shorter section on a cooler […]

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