This is by far my favorite camping area in the state. There is ample free camping surrounding the lake and even more free camping in the nearby mountains. The boat launch is a great place for kids to go swimming or to cast a line.
I have been up here a few times over the years but I just recently tried to go kayaking for the first time here and didn't even get the boats in the water before we changed our mind. There were a bunch of homeless people living right by the little boat launch/ parking lot area and some of them kept wandering back and forth up and down the road yelling and just being creepy. Human poop in the grass next to the parking lot and tons of bee's "ground hornets" everywhere we set our kayaks right on a nest in the grass without even knowing it and one of us got stung instantly. The water was not clean it had some floating sluge on top Basically not a fun experience and would not recommend the lake area. If you like snow wheeling or just exploring back roads I would recommend this place for that.
Awesome little spot to enjoy the day. Great spots to day camp or overnight. Nice deck to chill on by the boat launch also and there are bathrooms but the TP is hit and miss....
Always an enjoyable place to escape to via a quick trip from the Eugene area. Normally quite peaceful, except today there was a guy running his generator at the end of the lake. People upstream were not pleased with how inconsiderate he was, but all were smiling and enjoying the view of the lake despite the noise. Today, the water surface was almost like glass, with the occasional ripples from a fish surfacing. No motor boats are allowed on the lake, making it ideal for those who wish to kayak or raft on the otherwise serene water. There is a nice deck overlooking the lake where fish (and Newts) can be observed below. There was plenty of water going over the dam at the South end of the lake today [March 12, 2018], making it a nice place to stand and watch for a while. Most of these photos were taken at the dam and from the bridge near the lake's outlet.
Beautiful area. Found a very nice private dispersed camping spot on north end of pond, up the creek a ways. Caught some fast while I was there. Tried to get some catfish while I was there. Will definitely be going back there on a semi-regular basis.