The Willamette River Runs Through The Middle of Eugene, Oregon

Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon This picture shows the peaceful scene of two fishermen in a small boat on the Willamette River in western Oregon.  Yet, the picture was taken from a wide pedestrian bridge near the downtown of Oregon's second most populous city - Eugene, Oregon.

Bicyclists, joggers, skateboarders, rollerbladers, and more passed by me while I waited for the boat to move into position for the picture.  The day before, thousands walked across the bridge on their way to a University of Oregon football game.  More people are unseen on the paths on both sides of this river.

I grew up in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.  The Salt River ran through the cities, but gravel, rocks, and sand were much more predominant than water there.  The Salt River flows through Phoenix only when the dams upstream have to release water due to heavy snowpack runoff or storms.

When my wife and I moved to Eugene, I noticed the predominance of green trees and actual water in riverbeds.  I also appreciated the fact that Oregon preserves its waterways for the people and not for rows of exclusive housing that cuts off scenes like this from the public.

The Willamette River meanders north to Portland and eventually into the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.  In Eugene, I watch the river's ripples by Roaring Rapids Pizza in Springfield, the fish jumping near the big shopping mall Valley River Center (VRC), and the ducks and geese congregating near the Owens Memorial Rose Garden.  I go for walks near my house and see deer, turkey, squirrels, and other wildlife.

Yes, I live in Oregon's second largest city.  But I wouldn't want to live anywhere else!

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.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.


Comment balloon 4 commentsRick Obst • September 24 2012 02:36PM


This looks like a beautiful setting to have a home near. Good Luck,

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) about 6 years ago

Neat local outdoor fun hightlighted by you the local blogger. Priceless.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

Edward & Celia: Eugene is a peaceful place to live, with lots of nature all around to enjoy.

Andrew: There are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy in Lane County, Oregon.

Posted by Rick Obst about 6 years ago

North Umpqua River in Douglas County, Oregon

In a future post I'll write about things to do near the North Umpqua River in Douglas County, Oregon.  It's a beautiful setting with a lot of wineries and outdoor activities.

I posted this picture to the Travel Oregon Facebook page and it has received several "Likes" from appreciative fans.

Posted by Rick Obst about 6 years ago