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Description - The 400-foot-deep lake was created in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers completed the Detroit Dam project. The lake is over nine miles long with more than 32 miles of shore line. This is the spot for all types of water sports: fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, and personal watercraft.

Attractions - The 400-foot-deep lake was created in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers completed the Detroit Dam project. The lake is over nine miles long with more than 32 miles of shore line. This is the spot for all types of water sports: fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, and personal watercraft.

Recreation - The park has a large campground bordering the lake. Along with two swimming areas, you'll find two playgrounds, a wildlife viewing area, and a visitor center with historical exhibits and a store with gifts, ice, soft drinks, firewood, souvenirs and educational toys.

Climate - Climate in this region changes with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.

Location - Detroit Lake is located on the Cascades side of the Wiillamette Valley, off Oregon Highway 22, 50 miles east of Salem.


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Filed By: Ron Conard (Sumner, Wa)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Well we went to Detroit Lake with several of our friends for my wife's birthday, some had RV's and others in boats. They had never seen the lake before and were absolutely in love it's beauty. Some of the biggest attractions were the suspension bridge which we we dove off several times ( about 30-40 ft up),the largest falls on the lake which we swam up to and played in (approx 70-90 ft), and one of the raging river inlets that was too irresistible not to play in. We have introduced several people to this place and all have said they will definitely go back.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 2 fish in 2 hours - 2 little rainbows on worms and trolling a wedding ring with worms cause all the jet skis & sea doos


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Contact Information:
Detroit Lake, P.O. Box 429 , LOWELL, OR, 97452-0429, Phone: 541-937-2131

Additional Information:
Oregon Lakes and Reservoirs - This list includes some of Oregon's largest reservoirs, as well as several smaller mountain lakes. These sites offer a full range of water-based outdoor recreation opportunities.
Willamette Valley - The Willamette Valley lies to the south of Portland and takes its name from the river that flows through it. The valley lies between the Coast Range and the Cascades.

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