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Situated 15 miles east of Eugene in the town of Lowell, Dexter Reservoir is the last impoundment on the Middle Fork of the Willamette before it joins the Coast Fork to create the main stem of the Willamette. Steady water levels make Dexter a reliable choice for first-rate boating throughout the year, and South Valley residents flock here to take advantage of its wooded setting.

At 1,025 acres, Dexter is 3.3 miles long and a mile wide at it widest point; it’s regularly stocked with rainbow trout. Several times each year Dexter Reservoir is host to speed boat races sponsored by The Columbia Drag Boat Association; during some events, Alcohol Hydro craft can reach speeds of up to 230 miles per hour! At the other end of the speed scale, Dexter is also home to the Oregon Association of Rowers. Several access points are available.

Courtesy of “Boating in Oregon” by Oregon State Marine Board

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