About Dorena, OR

Dorena, a small community in unincorporated Lane County is a sprinkle of glitter along the Row River in western Oregon between Eugene and Roseburg. Founded in the late 19th century the town was founded on a traditionally west coast economy of agriculture, timber, and gold mining. 50 years later the original townsite was flooded to create the Dorena Reservoir which now offers recreation to 80,000 people annually.

Approximately 35 miles south of Eugene (home to the University of Oregon – Go Ducks!) and 10 miles east of Cottage Grove (filming location of National Lampoon’s Animal House) Dorena is home to approximately 500 spaciously arranged homes.

The area’s most notable attractions include the Row River National Recreation Trail,  Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, Oregon Aviation Historical Society, and the Dorena Covered Bridge.


The red highlighted area is the approximate location of the studio on the Row River.