Quartzville Creek, a tributary of the upper South Fork Santiam River system, is a great spot for mid-Willamette Valley anglers to escape for a little stream trout fishing.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks Quartzville Creek with hatchery rainbow trout pretty much weekly, often during the months of May, June and July.
The creek flows into Green Peter Reservoir east of Albany and Corvallis. Figure about an hour and a half drive from Albany and about an hour from Sweet Home.
The creek is open to fishing all year, but the best catches will be during the stocking season. Use the link below to see that schedule.
Likely stocking spots include Boulder Creek Bridge, Packers Creek Bridge, Old Miner’s Meadow and Concrete Bridge.
Quartzville also is home to wild cutthroat trout that may be included in the five-trout bag limit. ODFW also notes the presence of invasive brook trout, which if caught may be kept in any number.
Boulder Creek Bridge is about five miles upstream along Quartzville Drive from the upper end of the reservoir’s Quartzville Creek Arm (near Rocky Top Road).
The other potential fish-stocking spots mentioned are farther upstream. Quartzville Drive eventually connects to the North Santiam Highway.
There are developed and undeveloped campgrounds in the area and other spots for daytime access, including the bridges mentioned above. This is pretty country with some old growth forests in the area. Besides fishing, the creek offers some opportunity for gold panning and, in higher flows, stream kayaking.
Other rivers stocked in the area include the North Fork Santiam River and Breitenbush River above Detroit Lake, to the north, and the McKenzie River to the south. Nearby fishing lakes include Foster Reservoir and Green Peter Reservoir.