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Foster Lake is a Reservoir in Linn, Oregon.

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Foster Reservoir is an artificial lake created by Foster Dam on the South Santiam River near the city of Sweet Home, Oregon, United States. The reservoir is approximately 5.6 km (3.5 mi) long and contains approximately 494 ha (1,200 ac) when full. Primary use of the reservoir is recreation in the summer and flood control in the winter and spring.

Fishing Description: 

Foster Reservoir is stocked with over 40,000 rainbow trout from April to June each year. A small lake at Sunnyside Park is stocked with trout, and also has bass, bullhead and bluegill. The lake at Sunnyside Park is a good place for young anglers.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Boat angling is best April 1 to mid June. At Foster Reservoir, bank angling is popular near the dam at the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) park and at flat areas along the south side of the reservoir.
At Foster Reservoir, bank fishing is good using standard trout fishing techniques such as bobber and worms, casting spinners, or PowerBait. At both reservoirs, boat anglers can troll with spinners, such as rooster tails, and use their boats to gain access to more isolated areas of the reservoir.

Facilities and Parks: 

There are several Linn County and Army Corps of Engineers parks along Foster Reservoir. Boat ramps are available at Gedney Creek, Sunnyside Park and Calkins Park. Lewis Park, on the north side of the reservoir, offers swimming and picnicking. Sunnyside Park offers camping and picnicking. Numerous other private and public campgrounds are located in the general area. There are motels and resorts in the area around Sweet Home.
For More Information:
ODFW South Willamette Watershed District Office — (541) 757-4186 Linn County Parks — (541) 967-3917

Directions to Lake: 

Foster Reservoir is located 3 miles east of Sweet Home on Hwy 20. Take the Hwy 34 (Corvallis) exit off I-5 and head east about 20 miles toward Lebanon and Sweet Home.

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