If you like spending your vacation on the water, Albany is a great location for planning a trip. Whether you enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, or paddle sports, you can find the perfect spot in the mid-Willamette Valley. The town of Albany is nestled where the Calapooia and Willamette Rivers meet, and is surrounded by small ponds, large reservoirs, and multiple rivers and streams.
The Willamette River is one of the few rivers in the U.S. that flow north, and forms the western boundary of Linn County. While it is used for river travel at its northern end, the river is used in the Willamette Valley primarily for recreation. Boating and water skiing are popular along this river. Lodging and RV camping are also available in Albany.
Foster and Green Peter Reservoirs
Located just east of Sweet Home, they offer a full range of water sports. Boating, swimming, sailing, and fishing are all available. There are also camping, RV, and picnicking sites available here. County parks include:
Located three miles east of Sweet Home, this park offers a boat ramp, moorage, swimming, water skiing, fishing, picnic areas, volleyball courts, and access to Foster Lake. The park has 162 tent/trailer sites, 104 with water and electric hook-up, restrooms, showers and a group camping site. Open April 1 to November 1.
Whitcomb Creek Park
Located on Green Peter Reservoir, 12 miles east of Sweet Home. This park offers camping in a woodsy atmosphere, tent/trailer sites (39) with no hook-ups, swimming, hiking, boater’s access to Green Peter Reservoir, and picnicking. Open April 21 to October 1.
The North Santiam River
Open for rafting, it is a class 3 river, and a good trip for beginners. Spencer’s hole is the big water on this trip. Take outs are at Mehema or Mill City in the northern end of the Willamette Valley.
Thomas Creek, Crabtree Creek, and the South Santiam River
Good for kayaking or rafting during the spring run-off, and are all in the nearby Albany vicinity.