Linn County Parks & Recreation Spring 2018 Newsletter

​Happy Spring!

Thanks for keeping in touch with Linn County Parks. This Spring 2018 Newsletter will help you plan your summer enjoyment of your county parks.

A Closer Look At . . . Weddings and Other Events in Your Linn County Parks​

Linn County Parks has several venues that have hosted many weddings, both day-use and overnight camping weddings. So if you’re interested in knowing more about this possibility, read on! Our facilities are also great for graduation parties, family reunions, company picnics or any other use where you would be bringing together a group of people.

Our parks facilities aren’t as well-known as other wedding venues around the state, so there’s a good chance of some of our facilities being available at the time that you want them. That said though, to be sure to get the facility you want at the time you want it, make your reservation as early as you can. As the season progresses the reservation schedule will fill up. Our facilities can be reserved up to a year in advance. To reserve, we’ll ask you to fill out special use permit which is a simple checklist type form to let us know what you’re planning.

To learn more about having a wedding or other group event in a Linn County Parks venue, read this article, “A Closer Look At . . . Weddings and Other Events in Your Linn County Parks​.”

​Expansion of Whitcomb Creek is Now Complete

We first told you in fall of 2017 that when Whitcomb Creek closed for the winter that it was being expanded and improved. Now the time has come for you to visit the park and see the changes in person!

The Whitcomb Creek campground is located on Green Peter Reservoir. Prior to the work we’ve done over the course of last year, there was a 4-unit campground there. Now it’s more than doubled to approximately 90 sites. At the time of this newsletter, the last of the signage is being installed and the campground will be fully operational by summer. We are taking reservations for all sites now. The best way to reserve a newly expanded site at Whitcomb Creek is to call our office at 541-967-3917.

Read more about the changes to the campground in our “A Closer Look at Whitcomb Creek” article.

Summer Availability of Campgrounds

Even though it is only spring, we have had a lot of interest already in reserving campsites. If you know that you want to visit out parks, give us a call so we van get you booked. You’ll have a lot more times to choose from if you can go on a weekday rather than a weekend. Give us a call at 541-967-3917 or try our campground reservation system on our website through our “Plan Your Visit” link.

Getting In Touch With Us​

Phone calls are the best way to reach us. We do monitor our Facebook page for messages, but the person who reviews the Facebook page may not have the most up-to-date information at that time. It is best to call our office. If you call our office you are going to get a message machine. We do respond to all messages! Leave a message and we will return the call. You only need to leave one message. Our office number is 541-967-3917.

Clear Lake Resort Winter Generator Hours​

​Clear Lake Resort is on the winter season schedule for generator hours until May. Electrical power will be available during the following time periods: Mornings 7:30 AM to 9 AM, Noon to 1 PM, Evenings 4 PM to 10 PM. Clear Lake Resort offers boat rentals year-round.

A Closer Look At . . . Whitcomb Creek

Whitcomb Creek Park Is Getting An Expansion

Whitcomb Creek will close for repairs and renovations in October, but we’re so excited about the changes we’ve been making to it that we want to make sure you know about it now.

The Whitcomb Creek campground is located on Green Peter Reservoir. Prior to the work we’ve done over the course of last year, there was a 4-unit campground there. Now it’s more than doubled to approximately 90 sites.

Many of the campsites sit above the lake with great views. The sites are deep, and many of them are quite large. Some of them are doubles, where people can camp back-to-back with other groups of campers. A trail in the park leads to a boat ramp, so there’s direct access to the lake from the park. The expansion has also created a large group camping area that can accommodate close to 100 people or six to 10 RVs. The newly expanded Whitcomb Creek is a great base camp location to access forest service trails to the Middle Fork Wilderness as well as Quartzville Creek, designated as a Wild and Scenic River.

Whitcomb Creek Park’s campground has been available to users this summer as part of our “soft opening” as we completed the additional work. Park visitors can check out and enjoy the park as it is now, and know that the work will soon be done!

As of now, the campsites are mostly complete but are missing some amenities such as the picnic table pads, cooking grates and landscaping. This fall we’ll finish off the construction of the sites themselves, adding in the missing table pads and fire rings.

The park is a wonderful resource in summertime, as it is located right on the reservoir. Surrounded by large trees, it offers a lot of shade and the feel of being in a lush Oregon forest. Green Peter is a large reservoir–it’s one of the largest reservoirs in the Willamette Valley–and provides excellent access to fishing and water sports. Fishers of kokanee can be hard pressed to find a better spot.

The park itself closes in the fall (October) but Green Peter Reservoir is accessible year-round. Fishermen in the area know that no matter what time of year of it is, Green Peter is a great spot for fishing all year-round. Anglers and boaters can access the reservoir from the Thistle Creek Boat Ramp, which is just prior to Whitcomb Creek approximately 10 miles from the intersection of Highway 20 and Quartzville Road.

The additional campsites were designed in response to a change made by the US Army Corps of Engineers. A few years ago they closed many dispersed campsites along Quartzville Road, which parallels Whitcomb Creek. The Whitcomb Creek expansion opens up many new sites to alleviate some of the lack of access that occurred when those other campsites were closed.

These expansions are exciting, but they aren’t the only things we have planned! Future expansions include yurts and cabins in the park, which will provide opportunities for more diverse experiences for campers, whether they are tent campers or RV campers. Showers and restroom buildings are also planned.

Stay tuned for more updates and the work continues. And we encourage you to check out Whitcomb Creek Park and see these improvements for yourself!

Plan Your Trip

Linn County Parks offers family-friendly well-maintained parks, fishing, boating, camping, museums, and historic sites.

Find a Park

Hiking trails, waterfalls, covered bridges, and swimming areas are among the points of interest at our 30 parks.

Places to Camp

Spend a weekend in the heart of the Willamette valley at one of more than 400 campsites.