I had heard of Green Peter reservoir for years and seen pictures online so I decided I had to go there to stand-up paddle board! After arriving in Sweet Home, I checked out the visitor’s center. They were super helpful and directed me to more detailed maps about the two reservoirs: Foster and Green Peter. They topped things off with giving my dog water, and giving me a complimentary ticket to wine tasting at the nearby Mark’s Ridge vineyard. Excellent!
I drove for a while on tedious winding twists and turns to get to Green Peter. The scenery there is lush and beautiful, sort of wraps around the road. Before that part, I passed several parks with countless party boats on Foster lake. I couldn’t go there. It’s just right off the highway and has the power boat and jet ski crowd taking up the waterways. No, that just won’t do!
When I finally found Whitcomb creek county park, on Green Peter, I wasn’t impressed. The (closed) desolate boat ramp was really low and far away from parking. There was an SUV parked at the bottom, near the water. I drove down by it and then heard people screaming and sounding either crazy or angry or delirious. This sound bounced off the barren bank and windy water and hot sky. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from. I decided to leave.
I would go right back to Sunnyside county park, off Foster reservoir. This park was huge with good parking and a good boat ramp. There was a greeter in a hut but she waved me through with a smile saying there was no day use fee.
It was a hot day, in the low 90s. The water was perfect! Refreshing but not unpleasantly freezing. After putting in at the nice boat ramp, I turned left. Directly ahead and also to the right were pods of party boats, jet skis. I followed some folks in kayaks going left. They seemed to have a quiet plan.
This is a great place to paddle. It is more narrow than the main body of the lake. It is lined with lots of greenery- not just tree stumps and parched earth, which is a reservoir look, I have noticed.
The wind came up a little bit, but not bad. I did get down on my knees a couple of times coming back as it got a little strong and I find I go faster in wind on my knees. My board is inflatable and sits high on the water. I suspect it gets blown around a little more than a rigid board.
To get there from I-5, take exit 228 (Brownsville/Sweet Home). That turns into Hwy 20. Follow signs to the reservoirs and the various parks. These pictures are from the Sunnyside park area.