Nestled away between rolling hills in Washington County lies Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake; a man-made impoundment of Scoggins and Sain Creeks near Forest Grove, resting at the base of Northern Oregon’s Coast Range and just 25 miles from Portland. This Bureau of Reclamation project is maintained and managed by Washington County Parks, which sees nearly 750,000 visitors per year and offers a wide variety of outdoor opportunities: cycling, hiking, swimming, and of course -boating. The lake has two developed boat ramp facilities: Eagle Point (formerly known as A-Ramp) and C-Ramp, in addition to other access and lots of shoreline for swimmers, anglers, paddlecraft. Hagg Lake when at full pool is 1100 surface acres, with roughly 12 miles of shoreline (1.8-mile area) and has boating rules in place that carve out space for a variety of users.
The Eagle Point boat ramp is a two-lane ramp, with 140 feet of boarding docks, 53-boat trailer stalls, 23 single car stalls, flush restroom, and a dump station. The C-ramp has two lanes, 280 feet of boarding docks, a flush restroom, 169 boat trailer stalls, 74 single car parking stalls, and a dump station. These two facilities receive the most use at the park.
In 2018, Washington County applied for a Boating Facilities Grant to seal coat and stripe the parking area at Eagle Point and overlay, stripe, install curbing, wheel stops, etc., at C-Ramp. These ramps account for nearly 468,000 square feet of drive aisles and parking area. Both ramps were identified as a high priority for boating facility grant dollars based on the agency’s 2011-2017 Six-Year Boating Facility Plan. The county had a pavement management plan completed in 2017 and found that by seal coating, striping and curbing the C-Ramp, it would extend the useful life of the parking area by another 20 years. Sealcoating and striping Eagle Point would extend the life by 5-10 years. The estimated cost of repaving both parking areas ranged between $2.5-$4 million, so all parties agreed that the pavement treatments were a better approach. The Board approved $300,959 in state boater funds to match $181,205 of county match. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program awarded a $10,000 grant for overlaying a previously unpaved parking area closest to the fishing pier. The total project cost was $499,438. Carl Switzer, Parks Superintendent, and project manager said, “This project may not have happened without this wonderful collaboration and this investment will considerably enhance the public’s recreational boating and fishing opportunities in Washington County.”
And the improvements are dramatic. Crosswalks, travel direction arrows and other stenciling were also completed to clearly designate parking areas. Marty Granum, Facilities and Parks Services Manager for Washington County Parks said, “The Marine Board hit a grand slam with this project. It’s a great example of perfect planning to improve traffic flow. We’re proud that we’ve done something to improve things for the next generation.” Trailered parking spaces are longer. Curbing helps improve parking safety for vehicles given the downward slope to the water. There’s plenty of space for larger boats and trailers to maneuver. With the gentle slope of both boat ramps, Hagg Lake is not only a perfect place to fish but a perfect place for people who are new to wake sports to come and play.
Scoggins Valley Park is open year-round, from sunrise to sunset. The park features numerous recreation areas to picnic, fish, hike, bike, and boat. Parking fees are $7 for the full day and go to Washington County to operate and maintain the facilities around the lake. The Marine Board does not receive any parking fee revenue and Washington County does not receive any fee revenues that are charged by the county.
For more information about Henry Hagg Lake, visit https://www.co.washington.or.us/Support_Services/Facilities/Parks/Hagglake/facilities.cfm.
The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters. No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of boating safety services (on-the-water enforcement, training, and equipment), education/outreach materials, and boating access facility grants (boat ramps, docks, parking, construction, and maintenance). The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program is dedicated funding to pay for border inspection stations, decontamination equipment, inspectors, and signage/outreach materials. The Mandatory Education Program is self-supporting, and revenue helps pay for education materials and boater education cards. For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.