Fern Ridge Reservoir is a large lake located west of Eugene, Oregon. We'll meet for lunch around 12:00 at Richardson Park on the northwest corner of the lake. There's a good paved launch ramp with docks. Bring some lunch to eat, onshore or on the water.

If the armored pay box is at the entrance unwrapped, there is a $4 daily usage fee at the park, which you can pay at a the box or buy online, or you can get a yearly pass for all Lane County parks from Bi-Mart and some other retailers. Yearly permits are half price if you're 62 or older.

A topo map image (PNG) and indexing info (XLS) to import it into nav programs.

A NOAA weather forecast for the area.

And real-time Fern Ridge weather conditions (thanks to the Eugene Yacht Club):