Cottage Grove Lake, Oregon

Cottage Grove LakePine Meadows Campground
July 26-28, 2014

This campground seems to be an annual tradition for us. It's so close by (less than a half an hour away), and such a pretty lake.

This year we camped with friends Justine and John, and their son, Ethan. The weather was a bit cool on Saturday and Sunday morning, but Saturday afternoon was gorgeous, and we all got out on the lake in kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.

Ethan and Madison


On Saturday, Kathleen and her granddaughter, Madison, joined us for much of the day. They had hoped to camp with us, but Madison had a dance performance Saturday night.

Ethan and Madison remembered each other from camping at Waldo Lake last summer and enjoyed seeing each other again.

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Bella on the lakePine Meadows Campground
May 24-26, 2013

We like this campground so much we wanted to make it a regular tradition. We reserved two sites for three nights over Memorial Day weekend. Our original gang couldn't join us as planned, but we found plenty of friends to fill in.

Janice and Ginger took site #67 with their T@b and two dogs. Kelly pitched a tent with her dog, Bella. And Susan and Larry came for canoeing and campfire on Saturday with their dogs, Bean and Lucy. It was a six-dog camp!

Ginger and Janice's T@b


It was a bit early in the season for perfect weather. Saturday was beautiful, plenty warm enough to canoe the lake in shorts. But Saturday night, a rainstorm hit and it poured nonstop all night and off and on the next morning. We decided to pull out stakes a day early and call it a weekend.

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Cottage Grove LakePine Meadows Campground
June 15-17, 2012

We came back to one of our favorite local campgrounds this year with five friends: Kathy, Robin H., Marty, Delane, and Robin L. We'd reserved three spacious site right on the lake (63, 65, and 67) that were perfect. Actually, we could have easily fit in two.

It's unusual for the 7 of us to all get a free weekend, but the nearby locale made it possible. Robin H. followed Kathy (pulling their T@da trailer) on her Harley Friday night so she could go back to Eugene on Saturday and Sunday for various UO graduation events.

Site 65Robin L. dropped Hannah off at the Portland airport Saturday morning (headed off for two months in Costa Rica!) then joined us Saturday afternoon.

The weather couldn't have been more perfect. Saturday was sunny and in the 80s. Marty and Delane brought their canoe and so did we, so we enjoyed a peaceful paddle along the shore on Saturday. On Sunday, after we'd all packed up, we drove a little further down the road and put in the canoes near the east end of the lake where we could paddle down a beautiful green canal.


CanoeingCamping with the two of us is great fun. But camping with close friends is the best!

Now that we've all discovered this close-by place (less than 30 minutes away), we hope to make it a regular event.


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Pine Meadows Campground
Cottage Grove LakeJune 26-27, 2010

We were here almost exactly a year before, and it was windy and cold. This year, we hit the warmest weather so far. In the 80's. We went just for the day, with our goddaughter, Aly, and neighbors, Kathleen and Maddie (2). It was Maddie's first camping trip, and she was an absolute trooper. Ate it up like candy and never fussed.

When we first got there, we found a perfect lakeside site that had been reserved for the weekend, then abandoned. The neighbors said the people had to leave for a medical emergency and had offered the site to them, but they didn't want it. We nabbed it and set up camp, but the host and ranger made us break down and move! We almost gave up camping right there, but managed to let it go, move on, and get a nice spacious site near the road.

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Pine Meadows CampgroundPine Meadows Campground
June 19-21, 2009

On what was probably the coldest weekend in June, Kate and I went down to Cottage Grove Lake for the weekend. Just a half an hour south of Eugene, it's a beautiful reservoir for boating, camping, and fishing.

We stayed at Pine Meadows campground, which is right on the lake. It has showers and flush toilets, a swimming area, but no boat launch, which makes it quieter than Baker Bay campground at nearby Dorena Lake. It's a large campgound with 93 sites. The sites to the right of the entrances were roomier (and quieter) than on the left, where the playground and swimming area are.

There's also a "primitive camp area" just down the road. It didn't have showers or beach access, but was a lot quieter.

The cold weather and drizzly skies put a bit of a damper on the weekend, but we warmed up on Saturday by exploring the area by car. The countryside is absolutely gorgeous
(with a covered bridge scenic route), and the quaint town of Cottage Grove is worth a visit. On the way home on Sunday, we took backroads and took our time to enjoy the scenery.

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Cottage Grove gas station
Currin Bridge

All in all, it was a great weekend. We enjoyed just getting out in the teardrop again. We got to see some beautiful countryside, and even watched an osprey feeding her babies in a nest.

It's wonderful to have such a nice getaway such a short distance from home!

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