Events – 2017

Kokanee Tournament- April 29
Detroit Lake Fishing Derby – May 19, 20 & 21
City-Wide Cleanup Idanha  – June 10, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Lot next to Idanha Post Office)
Fireworks over the Lake –  July 1
Wakeboard Competition – TBA
Third Annual Detroit Lake Street Festival – July 15 & 16
Detroit Lake Water Ski Show – July 23 & 24
Detroit Rocks Festival – August 19, 20 & 21 (Solar Eclipse Weekend)
Cruz-In at the Lake –  September 16
Cascading Rivers Killer Fang Ride – September 16 & 17
Detroit Lake Shoreline & Riverside Clean-Up – September 2017 (Date to be determined)
Detroit Lake Mud Run – October 14



Detroit Visitor Portal, Bikeway and Day Use Enhancements Project

The Western Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in partnership with the City of Detroit and USDA Forest Service propose to complete the design and construction of a Detroit Recreation Area Visitor Portal/City Park, trails, and enhancements to the Detroit Flats Day Use Area and are inviting you to a Public Open House.

Where:  USDA Forest Service – Detroit Ranger District Office, 44125 N. Santiam Hwy SE, Detroit, OR 97342

When:  Thursday June 22, 2017,  From 5:30-7:00PM

Why:  To obtain public input on the current design and project schedule, provide opportunity for comments, and answer questions. At the Open House, there will be presentation material to view in an open forum designed to allow mingling and small group discussions. A brief, informal presentation by the project team is planned to start at 6:00PM.

Who:  All individuals interested in the proposed project, and representatives from the Federal Highway Administration, City of Detroit, and USDA Forest Service.

If you cannot attend the Open House please follow the progress of the project and provide comments here:




  1. Did you know that the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 lasts an entire second longer in Detroit than anywhere else in the Willamette Valley area?? Make your plans now for an extended weekend (the 21st falls on a Monday) and enjoy that extra second of total darkness out on the lake, at the shore in one of the day-use parks, out in nature on a trail, or sipping your morning coffee at one of several establishments providing outdoor seating.
  2. Do you have some free time on hand? The Detroit Lake Recreation Area Business Association (DLRABA) is looking for volunteers to help organize DLRABA sponsored events. For additional information, contact
  3. City Rules and regulations can be confusing. For your convenience, below is a summary of recently added Ordinances and/or established regulations. Please click here to read the full text to these or any other ordinances.


ORD 246 – WASTE MANAGEMENT RATE CHANGES. Garbage pick-up rates will go up October 1, 2016. See Exhibit A for new rates.

ORD 241 – FIREWORKS. Allows the use of legal fireworks from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM June 23rd through July 4th, and the day of the Fireworks Over The Lake from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM and on New Year’s from 11:00 PM December 31st to 12:30 AM January 1st. However, fireworks may be restricted due to extreme weather conditions. Fine: $500 per incident per day; double for repeat offenders.

ORD 236 – ATVs. Allows the use of Class I and Class IV All-Terrain Vehicles on certain streets located within city boundaries. This Ordinance does NOT allow recreational riding on city streets but rather allows a person to get from point A to point B in an easy, cost-effective manner. Crossing Highway 22 is not allowed per State laws. Fine: $250 per incident per day.

ORD 213 – NUISANCE ORDINANCE. This Ordinance regulates everyday occurrences such as nuisances affecting public health, nuisances affecting public safety, attractive nuisances (a potentially harmful object so inviting or interesting to a child that it would lure the child onto a property to investigate and that injury was foreseeable), debris, noise disturbance, and much more. A few highlights:

  • It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to create, assist in creating, permit, continue or permit the continuance of any noise disturbance with a sound producing device that is plainly audible at any time between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am the following day.
  1. a) within a dwelling unit which is not the source of the sound; or
  2. b) on a public right of way at a distance of 50 feet or more from the source of the sound.
  • No person shall discharge firearms within the city limits. For the purpose of this section, high velocity air rifles and pistols, and high-pressure pneumatic guns of all types, are also classed as firearms
  • Any open vault or privy is prohibited. Chemical toilets used in connection with construction projects are allowed only if required by the Oregon State Board of Health regulations. The use of chemical toilets on private residential property is prohibited, unless approved by City Council for short-term use. The use of chemical toilets on commercial property must have city approval..
  • No person shall deposit trash, rubbish, debris, or refuse, which was generated from a residence or business, into public trash receptacles within the city. Fine: $250 per incident per day.

2015, Oregon Federal Lands Access Program
Joint Grant Submitted 1/30/15 by USFS & City of Detroit

Please see the links below to view a more complete narrative of the grant and Detroit’s Master Park Plan.  Please note that some specifics of the project might change once we are further along with design and determining costs.  There will also be an opportunity for public feedback during the process.  The matching funds will be fulfilled with a mix of local and federal funding.

Estimated Total Project Costs:    $2,013,507.00

Funds Requested from FLAP:   $1,806,720.00

Required Local Match (10.27%):   $206,787.00

To view the complete narrative of the FLAP grant please go to:

To view Detroit’s Master Park Plan please go to:


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