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Description - Green Peter Dam on the Middle Santiam River and Foster Dam on the South Santiam, just downstream from the mouth of the Middle Santiam, are two of the 13 Corps of Engineers multi-purpose dams in the Willamette Valley. Foster Dam regulates the flow from Green Peter dam. Both dams provide flood control, irrigation, hydropower generation, navigation, improved downstream water quality, and water-based recreation. A fish ladder and elevator at Foster Dam aids in spring and summer steelhead migration upstream. When the fish reach the top of the fish ladder, they are collected and moved over the dam by an elevator system

Attractions - Foster Lake offers visitors a variety of recreation opportunities such as swimming, boating, fishing, camping, hiking and picnicking. Foster Lake has two day use Corps operated parks, Andrew S. Wiley Park and Shea Point, both are open year round. There are three parks operated by Linn County, one campground and two day use areas with boat ramps. Most of these parks also have access to hiking trails.

Recreation - Foster Lake offers visitors a variety of recreation opportunities such as swimming, boating, fishing, camping, hiking and picnicking. Foster Lake has two day use Corps operated parks, Andrew S. Wiley Park and Shea Point, both are open year round. There are three parks operated by Linn County, one campground and two day use areas with boat ramps. Most of these parks also have access to hiking trails.

Climate - The climate in Oregon varies greatly by region. The coastal region and the regions west of the Cascade Range are generally temperate and wet. Temperatures in the western portion of the state rarely rise above 85 degrees F during the warmest months and rarely dip below freezing during the winter.

Location - Located in the beautiful Willamette Valley on the South Santiam River. From Sweet Home, 4 miles northeast on OR 20


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Trip Reports:
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Filed By: gunn (tangent, or)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: way too many people, barking dogs, little kids riding bikes with training wheels, and niosy partiers for me. if your retired, have a big r.v. and can fall asleep by 8:00 pm, before the party gets out of hand, then this is the place to be. the scenery is great, the water befor noon is great, the fishing befor 10:00 am is great. finding your place in line to load and unload your boat can be a challange. week days are the best. fishing year round is a huge plus. i usally get my fish in about two hours. i'd give it a "7" manly because of it's convenient location. good luck, have fun!!!

Filed By: Andrew (Salem, OR)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Very windy and choppy water. Not good for recreational boating. OK area on land for pinicing but the water is not fun at all.

Filed By: Tom (Lebanon, Or)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: First time out on the lake for me and one other and we Caught 5 rainbows all legal size and much bigger within two hours by trolling at about 10 to 20 feet down with worms on a hook. We even hooked two of them on flys. Weather was beautiful and although the fishing was spotty, action was pretty good in spots with rainbow anywhere from 5 to 30 feet down and plenty of Kokanee farther down. Very large lake with lovely forested edges and plenty of places to kick back, swim, or picnic. There are many different species of birds in the area that you can see on the tree tops. There are several easy access boat ramps and the parks they are in have just about everything one would need to get by. The beauty of this area and the lake is worth the trip by itself, but if your looking for boating, camping, and fishing opportunities, this is the place and I would recommend it to anybody. We had a great time!


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Contact Information:
Foster Lake, P.O. Box 429 , LOWELL, OR, 97452-0249, 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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