The 2,735-acre reservoir is located in the mountains of the Willamette National Forest, near the community of Oakridge. The Army Corps of Engineers built Hills Creek Reservoir in 1961. The dam was built to provide flood control, irrigation, power generation, water-based recreation and improved down stream navigation. The 44-mile shoreline of this reservoir is managed to provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and waterfowl.
Hills Creek Reservoir is located 45 miles southeast of Eugene. To reach the reservoir, travel east from I-5 to Highway 58. Proceed on Hwy 58 to the east end of Oakridge, near milepost 37. Turn right onto Kitson Springs Road. After one-half mile you can proceed straight ahead, or turn right and continue about one mile to the reservoir.