EWEB operates parks and campgrounds to create value for our community and as required as part of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for our hydroelectric projects.
We partner with the Willamette National Forest to provide the public with camping, hiking, fishing, educational, and wildlife observation opportunities around our Carmen Smith Hydropower Project, a network of three dams, three reservoirs, and two power-generating plants, located just a few miles downstream from the headwaters of the McKenzie River.
In 2019, we acquired a new license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This 40-year license allows us to continue generating hydropower at Carmen. In return for our license to operate, we will be enhancing and managing natural resources and rebuilding public recreation facilities in the area.
Vehicle access to Trail Bridge and Lakes End campgrounds, the Trail Bridge Reservoir boat launch and Smith Reservoir will remain closed until the camping season in 2024 as part of EWEB’s work to retrofit, refurbish and upgrade equipment at our Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric facility. The McKenzie River Trail and associated trailheads will remain open throughout the reconstruction period. Vehicle access to Carmen Diversion Reservoir is expected to be open in Spring of 2023.
Our Lloyd Knox Park located along the shores of Leaburg Lake 22 miles east of Springfield offers recreational opportunities for people of all interests — and it's free.
You can stroll through the 50-acre park along maintained trails and picnic at one of the dozens of forested and lakeside picnicking spots. There are also six reservable areas that are suitable for anywhere from a couple dozen to a few hundred people.
You may reserve one of the group picnic areas starting the third weekend in April through Oct. 15. Outside of that date range, the park is first-come, first-served and the restrooms are locked (vault-toilet facilities remain available).
Please follow the park guidelines to ensure all visitors have a safe and enjoyable time.
To reserve one of the group areas, please complete an application.
For more than 50 years, Carmen-Smith has reliably served our customers with low-cost, local hydropower. Relicensing the project includes upgrading much of the equipment, campground improvements, and more fish-friendly operations.
Protecting the McKenzie River Watershed helps to ensure excellent drinking water quality for customers and residents today and into the future.
As a public utility, we share our customers' values around environmental stewardship.