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Welcome to Friends of Zumwalt Park

Zumwalt Park is a 74 acre county park open to well behaved, off-leash dogs and their people. It is located in Veneta, Oregon on the edge of Fern Ridge Reservoir. The park is closed to through traffic, but is accessible from Vista Drive and Jeans Road, where limited parking is available. It is managed by the Lane County Parks Department, but is maintained largely by the Friends of Zumwalt Park.  

Friends of Zumwalt Park (FOZP) is a volunteer organization whose members care about the upkeep of the park and its future. We tend to mowing, cleaning and general stewardship of the park, and meet regularly throughout the year. We invite you to help make a difference by volunteering; join us in nurturing the park and influencing its future.

Our mission statement: "To preserve and enhance Zumwalt Park as a natural, vehicle-free, off-leash dog park and recreational area."

FOZP would like to thank Brant Dutton of New Twist Marketing for freely volunteering his time to create this wonderful new website. We are very excited about this, and hope to keep it updated on a monthly basis. Please send ideas or contributions to email@friendsofzumwaltpark.org.

The Oregon Heritage Tree dedication ceremony took place on April 11th, 2014 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. The Ellmaker Heritage Grove is commemorated by a plaque erected close to the giant oak tree. The grove incorporates the oak itself, the nearby Incense Cedar and the avenue of Bigleaf Maples.

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, great granddaughter of Enos and Elizabeth Ellmaker who originally settled the land. Photos of the event can be viewed on the Oregon Heritage Tree and Historical Marker Facebook page. Check out the aerial maps of the Ellmaker Oak from 1939 and 2009 as well as an aerial map of Zumwalt Park.

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

Camas have been in flower this past month, spreading like a blue blanket over the fields, followed by pink Checkermallow. To allow these plants... Read More



FOZP has held meetings with the County Parks Dept. and the Corps of Engineers regarding ways to restore the eroded bank of the lake. We are currently researching grants to help fund what may be a $50K project... Read More


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