Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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The Saint Louis Ponds are a group of oddly shaped ponds that are located near Interstate 5, between Woodburn and Brooks. The ponds are located on a 260-acre parcel of land owned by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The ponds are uniquely designed to maximize the amount of bank access for fishermen. This design creates 7 miles of shoreline!

While the ponds and park area are open year round, the access gate is only open March through September. During the winter fishermen will have to walk a fair distance to reach the ponds, and the vault restrooms will be locked.

The park area is 22 acres and features a paved pathway that provides easy access to the ponds. It is a pleasant short stroll that can be enjoyed by anyone, but of course the main attraction here is the fishing.

The ponds are stocked by ODFW and many species of warmwater fish can be caught including Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, White & Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, and Redear Sunfish - as well as Rainbow Trout during late winter and spring (when water temperatures are cold enough).

There are 7 ponds here, one of which features a nice fishing dock. Note that no boating of any kind or swimming is allowed at the Saint Louis Ponds. In addition to the restroom and a few picnic tables there is also a dog training area at the far end of the park.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Warmwater fishing. Easily accessible.

Cons

Not too exciting for non-fishermen.

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Off-leash dog area
Wildlife
Whale watching
Family friendly
Fishing
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Bird watching

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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