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Welcome to Friends of Zumwalt Park

Zumwalt Park is a 58 acre off-leash dog park located in Veneta on the edge of Fern Ridge Reservoir. It is accessible from Vista Drive and Jean's Road, where limited parking is available. The park is closed to through traffic. It is under the jurisdiction of the Lane County Parks Department, but is maintained largely by the Friends of Zumwalt Park.

The Oregon Heritage Tree dedication ceremony took place on April 11th, hosted by Oregon Travel Experience in partnership with Friends of Zumwalt Park. The successful nomination was the result of much dedicated work on the part of Lauri Holts and Megan Clark, for which we are most grateful. The Ellmaker Heritage Grove is commemorated by a plaque erected close to the giant oak tree. The grove incorporates the oak itself (approx. 350 years old), the nearby Incense Cedar (approx. 250 years old) and the avenue of Bigleaf Maples (approx. 150 years old).

There was a good turn-out on the day, including two second grade classes from Veneta Elementary school. The sun shone, although there was a cold wind blowing off the lake. Representatives from the OR Heritage Tree Committee made speeches, and historical insight was presented by local historian Doug Card, and Megan Clark, the great granddaughter of Enos and Elizabeth Ellmaker who originally settled the land. Photos of the event can be viewed at: (Add link to 29 photos on facebook page: Oregon Heritage Tree and Historical Marker Program)

To read about the history of the park, follow this link to Zumwalt Park History.

The Ellmaker Oak on the Zumwalt Donation Land Claim is estimated to be between 3-400 years old. It started growing near Coyote Creek at the time the Kalapuya people lived in the area. Levi Wesley Zumwalt... Read More

Checkermallow and Buttercups
Due to a lot of early rain, the lake has been very full this month. The trees have all come into leaf now, and the park is looking lush and green. The first wild flowers blooming this spring... Read More

Severe winter storms this year brought down many boughs and branches in the park. To help clean up, Friends of Zumwalt Park organized three branch pick up days which were on March 15th... Read More


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