With the bits of sunshine we’ve been having lately, thoughts of canoeing have been dancing in my head. It’ll be a couple months until we haul our canoe out again, but that doesn’t matter, there’s a great canoe spot up at Fern Ridge Reservoir I haven’t told you about yet.
Shore Lane Park, off of Clear Lake Road, is usually a pretty quiet place and the easy slope into the waters of Fern Ridge Reservoir make it an ideal place to put in a canoe.
What I like about launching from Shore Lane Park are all the reeds along the edge of Fern Ridge. If you head off to the left (that’s south east) you’ll experience a maze of reeds and “rooms” to explore. If you head right (north west) you’ll end up at Orchard Point, which isn’t a bad trip but I don’t find it as fun.
How to get there: head north on Highway 99 past the Beltline. Turn left on Clear Lake Road (like you’re going to the airport). In about 4 1/2 miles, Clear Lake Road will make a sharp curve to the right, you’ll want to turn left onto Barker Road. When it ends (less than half a mile) turn left onto Shore Lane Road which ends in the park.