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Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir

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  • Harms Park sign along Row River Road.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • View of Dorena Reservoir from Harms Park.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Harms Park along the Dorena Reservoir.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Harms Park along Dorena Reservoir.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Harms Park along Dorena Reservoir.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Picnic table and a vault toilet in Harms Park.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Row River National Recreation Trail near Harms Park.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Row River Trail near Harms Park.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Picnic area in Harms Park along Dorena Reservoir.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Looking out over Dorena Reservoir.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • The Row River National Recreation Trail is popular with runners, bikers and horseback riders.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Low water levels at Dorena Reservoir.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Parking area and boat ramp in Harms Park.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Boat ramp in Harms Park.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Information sign near the boat ramp.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Kayakers getting ready to put in on Dorena Reservoir.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Footbridge along the Row River Trail near Harms Park.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
  • Dorena Reservoir.- Harms Park, Dorena Reservoir
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Pros: 
Water access. Bird watching.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Harms Park, on the north shore of Dorena Reservoir, provides opportunities to fish, explore the area, or just relax by the water. This location is the original site of the town of Dorena. It was moved in the 1940s when the Army Corps of Engineers built a dam on the Row River and created the reservoir in an effort to help with flood control downstream.

Now the 1,800-acre reservoir is a popular recreation spot with multiple access points. Besides recreational opportunities, the lake is also home to many wildlife species including waterfowl, deer, song birds, and even bald eagles and osprey.

Harms Park is a day use area that includes picnic tables, vault toilets, and a boat ramp. The Row River National Recreation Trail passes by the park and provides an opportunity to explore more of region by foot, bike or horseback. Baker Bay Park located on the south side of the reservoir has more amenities such as camping and a marina, but it is also busier.

Note that the boat ramp is subject to seasonal closures as water levels decline in winter.

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