Restrooms, Picnicking, Swimming, Day Use Moorage, Drinking Water
Lewis Creek County Park
Ideal water sports hot spot all Summer long!
Park Location – Located on the north shore of Foster Reservoir
Park Usage – May through September. Park gate opens at 10:00 A.M and closes at dusk
Located on Foster Reservoir this 40-acre park is a haven on hot days for swimmers and picnickers. With its boarding floats, moorage, picnic areas and roped-off swim beach (no life guard), water skiers and boaters find Lewis Creek to be the ideal spot for a day out on the lake and to host events.
$7 day use parking per vehicle.
Lewis Creek is closing on September 26th, 2021 for the season.
Lewis Creek County Park Design Concepts
Given Lewis Creek Park has not been updated since it was originally built, the development of the new Lewis Creek Park Master Plan is a really unique opportunity for park visitors to tell the county what site amenities and upgrades would make their experiences at Lewis Creek Park even more fun, accessible, and safe. Our current concepts include elements we heard from our first round of outreach, including terraced seating along the waterfront, a food truck plaza, and a universally-accessible playground. Park visitors can directly shape the final concept and master plan by voting on the proposed options in the survey.
To learn more about this project and contact information look under “Lewis Creek County Parks Master Plan” tab.
The Tru West Open Water, Water Polo event begins it’s four day run during the second week in July. Come watch again an cheer on your favorite open water team! http://www.wvwp.org/
In the winter of 2020 and spring of 2021, Linn County Parks and Recreation conducted the first round of public outreach to gather community perspectives about Lewis Creek Park to help inform the creation of two (2) draft concept plans. Outreach included conversations with the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce, Linn County Parks staff, the Linn County Parks and Recreation Commission, Sweet Home Youth Advisory Council, and interviews with members of the Lewis Creek Park community representing the Best in the West Triathlon, Wake the World, Willamette Valley Water-polo, Central Oregon Masters Aquatics, and Camp Attitude. Linn County Parks and Recreation also conducted an online survey in the winter that received over 500 responses.
The following summarizes the key points heard across the outreach process that informed the development of the following two concepts:
- The top priorities for improvements are infrastructure (restrooms, drinking water, power), universal access to water recreation and water safety, and active recreation (open lawn areas, children’s play areas).
- Popular potential park features include new restrooms, an improved swimming area, and vehicle parking. Other high priorities are park amenities (tables, benches, etc.), and walking trails.
In lieu of a formal community open house due to the current public health concerns, the County encourages interested community members to review the proposed park concepts, and participate in a short community survey to provide feedback on the proposed designs. Tabling events for review of the concepts will also be available in the park select Saturdays in late June and early July.
Those who take the survey will have an opportunity to enter a raffle to win an overnight stay at one of the County’s camping facilities or a Lewis Creek County Park season pass winners choice.
The Plan will be successful to the degree that it reflects the visions and values of Lewis Creek Park visitors. The County welcomes interested community members to participate in a short community survey. The survey’s intent is to provide input and information about a future vision for Lewis Creek Park.
The survey is available online until July 19, 2021 and can be found by clicking here. This feedback will help the County understand and better prioritize capital improvements. Those who take the survey will have an opportunity to enter a raffle to win an overnight stay at one of the County’s camping facilities or a Lewis Creek County Park season pass winners choice.
Linn County Parks and Recreation is developing a Master Plan for the future of Lewis Creek Park. Lewis Creek Park was constructed in the late 1960’s, and the park and its related facilities have not changed significantly in the last 50 years. However, overall recreation use has changed and grown substantially. The park now receives visitors from all over the state and exceeds its capacity most weekends of the summer.
The development of the Lewis Creek Park Master Plan involves gathering information and ideas from residents and other regional stakeholders in order to learn more about what renovations the County can provide to meet current and future visitor needs and expectations. The Plan will be successful to the degree that it reflects the visions and values of Lewis Creek Park visitors.
To learn more about this project, please contact:
- Kelsey Zlevor, Planner
- Cameron McCarthy Landscape Architecture & Planning
- 160 E. Broadway, Eugene OR 97401
- (541) 485-7385
- Brian Carroll, Director
- Linn County Parks & Recreation
- 3010 Ferry St. SW, Albany, OR 97322
- (541) 967-3917