Fern Ridge Dam is located in the Willamette Valley and adds a lot to the area and the surroundings. There are a lot of park areas and marinas that owe their very existence to Fern Ridge Dam. If you visit the area, you can have a great time at this dam and on or alongside the water backed up behind it. The dam and the lake are accessible via Oregon Highway 126.
Fun Facts About Fern Ridge Dam
-Fern Ridge Dam was completed in 1942.
-Fern Ridge Dam sits on Long Tom River.
-Fern Ridge Dam was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
-The water backed up by the Fern Ridge Dam is known as Fern Ridge Lake.
-Fern Ridge Lake can stretch up to 4.5 miles in length behind the dam.
-The maximum depth of Fern Ridge Lake is 33 feet. Its average depth is 11 feet.
-Water entering Fern Ridge Lake takes on average three months to find its way through the reservoir and eventually through the dam.
-2005 saw the United States Army Corps of Engineers perform extensive repairs and modifications to the dam’s drainage system and embankment.
-Fern Ridge Dam is located in Lane County.