EWEB's primary purpose is to provide reliable, affordable water and electricity for our customers, and we own property throughout our service territory to fulfill these utility purposes. In addition, 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. Certain properties are publicly accessible for the enjoyment of all while other properties are restricted to EWEB personnel only.
Carmen Smith Campgrounds & Reservoirs
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.
The use of public areas at EWEB’s Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project (such as campgrounds and boat launches) are subject to the rules and regulations of the United States Forest Service.
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 2026 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 2025.
Leaburg Lake and Lloyd Knox Park
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 five 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 March 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 adhere to the Use of EWEB's Publicly Accessible Properties Policy, to ensure all visitors have a safe and enjoyable time. EWEB reserves the right to exclude any individual, organization, or group from the premises for violation of applicable rules.
- Free parking
- Five reserveable group areas
- Hiking trails
- A "council-ring" bonfire and common area
- Sand volleyball court
- Six swing sets
- Four horseshoe pits
- A 4-acre open activity field
- More than 150 picnic tables
- Interactive educational center at the Leaburg Lake Visitor's Shelter
- Wheelchair accessible floating dock
Group area descriptions
Area 1 - Large groups of 100 to 300 people. This is an open area with tables. Electric and water facilities are available and covered.
Area 2 - Medium-sized groups of 50 to 120 people. This is an open area with tables. Electric and water facilities are available and covered.
Area 3 - Groups of 40 to 50 people. This is an open area with tables located near the water. There are only water facilities and a covered shelf available in this area.
Area 4 - Groups of 50 to 120 people. This is a covered area with tables. Electric and water facilities are available. This area is located near the water. There is an open area, located near area 4, weddings are often performed near the lake and can accommodate approximately 100 people.
Area 5 - Groups of 20 to 80 people. This is an open area called the Counsel Ring at the back of the park. It has a large area for a bonfire, if fires are allowed. Electric and water facilities are available. There is a covered shelf area.
Rules for use of EWEB’s publicly accessible property
Use of EWEB’s publicly accessible property must not detract from EWEB’s primary mission of serving the utility needs of its customers. EWEB reserves the right to exclude any individual, organization, or group from the premises for violation of applicable rules.
Following is a summary of rules for use of EWEB property. Users are responsible for adhering to all rules. Download full policy and restrictions (PDF).
- No commercial activities, charging an entrance fee, advertising, soliciting, or selling any goods or services within an EWEB property.
- Overnight camping is prohibited at EWEB’s publicly accessible properties other than Carmen Smith’s designated camping areas.
- Discharging of firearms or possession of weapons of any kind except as authorized by law is prohibited.
- Fires, BBQ, and/or cooking is limited to designated areas and subject to limitations based on fire danger level posted by the Oregon Department of Forestry. All permitted fires must be completely extinguished before the premises are vacated.
- Use of tobacco, including cigarettes, pipes, electronic cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco is prohibited.
- Consumption, possession, or being under the influence of intoxicants or illegal substances is not permitted on EWEB property, including consumption or possession of any alcoholic beverages and/or marijuana.
- Defacement of EWEB property, no matter how temporary, is prohibited, including but not limited to paint, chalk, posters, flyers, images, or projections.
- Use of amplified sound systems or other noise producing devices, which is disruptive or interferes with utility operations, the working environment of EWEB personnel, the reasonable enjoyment of the property by other visitors, or impacts neighboring properties is prohibited.
- Use of motorized vehicles is not permitted on EWEB property except in designated areas.
- Use of fireworks is prohibited.
- Flying drones, for personal or recreational purposes, over EWEB property containing utility infrastructure or assets (including human assets) is prohibited.
- Dogs and other pets must be kept under immediate control and on a leash under six feet in length. Pets must not be permitted to run at large. Pet owner is responsible for removing any solid waste produced by the pet.
- Users of EWEB properties are expected to clean up the site relating to their use.
When in doubt, stay out!
We are proactive in our efforts to maintain safe, clean drinking water for customers, and we go above and beyond what is required by OHA for cyanotoxin monitoring. In addition to OHA requirements, we collect samples from several locations within the McKenzie Watershed to provide early warning of when cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms are producing cyanotoxins. This monitoring allows us to share potential recreational exposure to these cyanotoxins in our reservoirs and rivers.
You can see the locations and results of this watershed sampling by clicking the watershed testing results button below. These results represent conditions at specific locations on the day and time of sampling. These results do not represent the entire waterbody and should be used for general purposes only. The data is subject to change as new information is received. The Oregon Health Authority advices, "Don't go into water that looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green, or brownish red. A good rule of thumb for you and your pet is: When in Doubt, Stay Out!"Watershed testing results
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.