Lane County, Oregon residents have many choices for water recreation in the verdant Pacific Northwest. Before Fern Ridge Reservoir was completed in 1941, Triangle Lake was the most popular local spot for enjoying the water.
This 293-acre lake was originally known as Loon Lake, Lake of the Woods, and Echo Lake, before it became officially known as Triangle Lake in the early 1900s. The unincorporated town of Triangle Lake sprung up on its shores. Locals and visitors alike gravitate to the water on bright, warm, sunny summer days.
Triangle Lake County Park provides public access, picnic tables, restrooms, and a boat ramp. Fishermen try their skill at catching largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, brown bullhead, kokanee and cutthroat trout.
The lake is still beautiful (and more peaceful) in January when the temperatures aren't as inviting for a daytime swim.
Triangle Lake is about 26 miles west of the junction of Highways 126 and 36 in Mapleton or 25 miles east of Junction City on Highway 36.
Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest. He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.
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