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Getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life by going RV camping at the foot of the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon. Nestled in the crook of the Fall Creek Reservoir (sometimes referred to as Fall Creek Lake), Cascara Campground is a small, rustic facility. Far from civilization, WiFi, and cable TV, adventurers can more easily find peace and quiet underneath tall Douglas Firs and tranquil green waters of the lake. Cascara Campground boasts 39 RV sites that are scattered alongside the shores of the Fall Creek Reservoir. Each site has heavy vegetation that acts as a screen, further improving the sense of isolation of remoteness.
As rustic as the Cascara Campground is, there are a few amenities that campers can take advantage of. The campground has vault toilets, potable water, and fantastic views of the water. There is also a small boat ramp available, and should a camper require a larger one, and there is a second ramp on the lake farther to the west. Cascara Campground operates on a first-come, first-serve basis and is open only between May and September.
The closest town is Lowell, OR, which has a grocery store, and a handful of restaurants and shops. The city is about ten miles southwest. However, for greater variety in shopping and a hospital with emergency health care, Eugene, is just under 30 miles to the northwest. Find your perfect RV camping retreat at Cascara Campground when you book an RV in Lane County, OR.
Fall Creek Reservoir is a serene 167-acre lake that’s well-known for its top-notch fishing. The lake is favored by the local fishermen for rainbow trout, which are often trophy-sized. The reservoir has been drained annually since the early 2000s in an attempt to eliminate non-native bass and crappie fish, and at the last report in the late 2010s, Oregon’s Army Corps of Engineer reported moderate success and are guardedly optimistic that steelhead and chinook will experience a resurgence in the coming years as a result of this effort.
Hiking opportunities in the area abounds, too. Rambling Willamette National Forest encompasses well over 1.6 million acres, and there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails that spider out from the foothills into the heart of the mountains. Some trails follow gorges that are passable only late in the year. Others take explorers through bright, open meadows where small critters like rabbits frolic. In deep woods, keep an eye out for deer, elk, and bears. And listen for owls. Spotted owls, which are endangered, reside in Willamette National Forest. Walkthrough the original, untouched groves of old-growth trees, some of which are estimated to be nearly a thousand years old.
Some waterfalls are dramatic and tall, while others are delicate and ethereal, appearing and vanishing only after a spring rainstorm. Though there are dozens of known and named waterfalls, there are thousands more that are waiting to be discovered by an intrepid explorer. Bring a camera for proof.
Portions of Willamette National Forest are open to off-road vehicles. The Huckleberry Flats is a favorite of many riders. It boasts over 65 miles of trails that are Class I and III and a few sections that are Class IV. The terrain range from old dirt roads to tight trails through which drivers must squeeze (and pray they fit) through the trees.
The nearby city of Eugene features interesting museums, gardens, and cultural events designed to build community goodwill. The Cascade Raptor Center is a rehabilitation center for predator birds, and visitors are welcome to observe these unique, enthralling feathered creatures in the center’s aviaries. The center is open Tuesday through Sundays, and volunteers are often on-hand to chat about the birds and their work in rehabilitating them. A shortlist of species includes bald eagles, northern harriers, vultures, and owls.
New England is famous for its covered bridges, and some of its former residents brought the knowledge with them when they traveled west in the Gold Rush era in the late 1800s. There are a handful of covered bridges in the area, including the Lost Creek Covered Bridge in Dexter, OR (or Pengra Covered Bridge, Fall Creek). Hop into a rental motorhome and search for a favorite bridge. Continue the journey into the past by visiting the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum in Cottage Grove, OR. The museum displays various tools and artifacts used by the local miners during the Gold Rush era. There are photographs and artworks on display, also.
An advantage of renting a camper is it allows for greater flexibility in choosing one’s destinations. Hit all the small towns in Oregon in pursuit of finding a new favorite winery, coffee roaster, or bistro shop with delicious homemade bread. Or hit the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta. Held annually in mid-July, dozens of local artists, crafters, and other vendors flock into one place. It’s a fun way to browse a huge array of clothes, art, food, and handicrafts. The fair also has live music, contests, and family-friendly events.