A park and play spot just a hundred yards or so downstream of the Fern Ridge dam outlet into the Long Tom River.
Park at the Army Corps Kirk Park trailhead and either put-in directly or walk 50 yards downstream until you see the obvious hole/wave created by a man-made weir structure.
It is surfable down to 700-800 cfs if you just want to practice side surfing and spins, but if you want to do loops and cartwheels, etc 1,000-1,400 is the ticket. Then above 1500 cfs it washes out.
Detailed flow ranges and info is available here: Trip Report from Wheels and Water.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
From Eugene, head west on Highway 99 and turn onto Clear Lake road. Follow the road passed the airport and the Alvadore turn in the road. As you approach the reservoir and dam you will see a wetlands on the right. Once you see the outflow of the dam itself look for a park on the right owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. Park there and suit up!
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This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.
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