Green Peter Reservoir

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Green Peter Reservoir
Green Peter Reservoir near Sweet Home, Oregon.JPG
Location Linn County, Oregon,
United States
Coordinates 44°27′07″N 122°32′49″W / 44.452068°N 122.547027°W / 44.452068; -122.547027Coordinates: 44°27′07″N 122°32′49″W / 44.452068°N 122.547027°W / 44.452068; -122.547027
Type Reservoir
Catchment area 277 sq mi (720 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Max. length 10 mi (16 km)[2]
Surface area 3,720 acres (1,510 ha)[1][2]
Average depth 114 ft (35 m)[1]
Max. depth 315 ft (96 m)[1]
Water volume 430,000 acre·ft (530,000 dam3)[1]
Residence time 4.8 months[1]
Shore length1 48 mi (77 km)[1]
Surface elevation 1,015 ft (309 m)[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Green Peter Reservoir is a reservoir created by Green Peter Dam on the Middle Santiam River 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Sweet Home, Oregon, United States. The reservoir is approximately 10 miles (16 km) long and has a surface area of approximately 3,720 acres (1,510 ha) when full. The reservoir is used for hydropower, recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, flood risk management, water quality and irrigation.[2]

Recreation Areas[edit]

Whitcomb Creek Park is a 328-acre (133 ha) rustic park with 39 basic camp sites and a boat ramp. Whitcomb Creek Park also has a separate group camping area that holds up to 100 people.[3]

Thistle Creek Boat Ramp is located on the north shore of the reservoir. It is open year round and the boat ramp was extended in 1999 allowing access to the reservoir at winter low pool.[4]

Whitcomb Creek Park and Thistle Creek Boat Ramp are both operated by the Linn County Parks Department.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Johnson, Daniel M. (1985). "Green Peter Lake". Atlas of Oregon Lakes (PDF). Corvallis: Oregon State University Press. p. 208. ISBN 9780870713422. OCLC 11030545. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "US Army Corps of Engineers – Green Peter Dam and Reservoir". US Army Corps of Engineers Portland District. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Whitcomb Creek County Park". Linn County Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Thistle Creek Boat Ramp". Linn County Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2012-10-06.