Located in western Oregon, Lane County ranges from the spectacular Oregon coast through the lush Willamette Valley, along the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers, up to the snow-capped peaks of the central Cascade Mountains. The region is ideal for sightseers and outdoor enthusiasts. You can experience whitewater rafting, fishing, sailing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking and more. Our communities offer diverse cultural actives with numerous art galleries, museums, and performing arts groups offering ballet, opera, theater, symphony, and a variety of musical festivals.
See also: Annual Events in Lane County
Points of Interest
Lane County Parks
73 recreation sites provide varied, beautiful opportunities for day trips, overnight camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, sailing, watersports, fishing, river recreation, horseback riding, and more. brochure
Twenty Historic Covered Bridges
Lane County is home to more covered bridges than any other county west of the Mississippi. Seventeen are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. brochure
Wineries and Vineyards
Lane County Wineries | Willamette Valley Wineries
The Willamette Valley (encompassing Lane County and counties to the north) is home to more than 200 wineries and has been recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir-producing areas of the world.
Pac-12 Sports Events
The Pac-12 Athletics Conference sponsors 11 men’s sports and women’s sports. The University of Oregon is a charter member of the Conference, which dates back over 90 years.
Visit the Travel Lane County website, Eugene, Cascades, & Coast, for more
places to see and things to do throughout Lane County.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
The largest area of coastal sand dunes in the U.S. runs for nearly fifty miles along the Oregon coast. In some places, the dunes extend 2.5 miles inland and some are as high as 500 feet.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Built in 1892-93, this lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. brochure
Sea Lion Caves
The largest sea cave in the world, the vast cavern soars to the height of a 12-story building and stretches the length of a football field, formed about 25 million years ago of basalt rock. The Oregon Coast has a population of approx. 80,000 wild Stellar sea lions; an average herd of 200 live in the caves region.
Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside
An 18-acre botanical park with picnic areas and boardwalk trail. This park is dedicated to the protection of the cobra lily, a rare carnivorous (insect-eating) plant. (5 miles north of Florence on US Hwy 101)
Washburne State Park Tide Pools
Tidepools reveal a variety of marine life including sea anemones, sea stars, eels, and sea biscuits. The park encompasses 1,100 acres of sand dunes, forested trails, wildlife, a 5 mile sandy beach, and trails to historic Heceta head Lighthouse. brochure
Visit the Florence Chamber of Commerce for more information about the
Florence area and Oregon coast region in Lane County.
Fern Ridge Reservoir and Wildlife Area
Created in 1941 by the damming of the Long Tom River, Fern Ridge is the southern Willamette Valley’s largest reservoir at 9,000 acres and an extensive wetland habitta for over 250 species of birds. This recreational gem offers sailing, fishing, water-skiing, and birdwatching.
Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden
Eugene’s oldest city park is 78 acres, including a 12-acre rhododendron garden, a native plant garden, and mature forest.
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
A 209-acre living tree museum just east of Eugene, located within the Howard Buford Recreation Area. Riverside trails, evergreen forests, water garden, wildflower meadow, and oak savanna.
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Host to seven resident companies: Eugene Ballet Company, Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Opera, Eugene Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Mozart Players and The Shedd Institute, this stunning arts facility is noted for its architectural uniqueness and distinctive acoustical design.
University of Oregon
Oregon’s flagship higher education institution opened in 1876 and now offers nearly 300 academic programs. This world-class teaching and research university is located on a 295-acre campus in Eugene.
Named for the first of several legendary coaches, Bill Hayward, the University of Oregon's fabled track and field-only facility will be host to the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Team Trials.
Lane Community College
LCC opened in 1968 and is a learning-centered community college serving all of Lane County. The main campus is located in the south hills of Eugene, with other locations in downtown Eugene, Cottage Grove, and Florence, and a Flight Technology Center at the Eugene Airport.
Visit the websites of these chambers of commerce for more information
about the Willamette Valley region of Lane County:
Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce
Creswell Chamber of Commerce
Eugene Chamber of Commerce
Fern Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce
Junction City/Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce
Springfield Chamber of Commerce
CASCADE MOUNTAINS & FOOTHILLS
Willamette Pass Ski / Skyway
The county’s premier winter recreation area, Willamette Pass Ski Resort and Summer Skyway Gondola is 31 miles east of Oakridge on Hwy 58, and 69 miles from Eugene. From the top of Eagle Peak there is a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the high Cascade Mountains, Waldo Lake, Crescent Lake, and Odell Lake.
McKenzie River Hot Springs
Belknap Hot Springs | Terwilliger Hot Springs
Two naturally occuring geothermal springs along the McKenzie River Highway offer relaxation in beautiful forested surroundings.
Bohemia Gold Mines
Gold was first discovered in 1858 and was the largest and most productive gold mining district in the west Cascade Mountains. The mining district is 35 miles east of Cottage Grove.
United States Basketball Academy
Founded in 1993, the academy is located on 47 acres of prime recreational property nestled in the mountains along the McKenzie River. The USBA is recognized internationally as a leader in providing innovative training and education to assist basketball palayers and coaches in reaching their fullest potential.
Surrounded on 3 sides by 39,000 acres of the Waldo Lake Wilderness, Waldo Lake is Oregon’s second-largest body of natural water covering 10 square miles and is 420 feet deep at some points.
Proxy’s waterfall spills 200 feet in the lush Three Sisters Wilderness of the western Cascades.
Class III whitewater rapid on the beautiful McKenzie River draw rafting and kayaking enthusiasts from all over the country.
Aufderheide Memorial Drive
Part of the West Cascades National Scenic byway, this roadway winds through some of the most spectacular scenery in Oregon.
Visit the Oakridge/Westfir Area Chamber of Commerce for more information
about the Cascade foothills/mountains region of Lane County.