Hills Creek Reservoir Area

Hills Creek Dam is located 45 miles southeast of Eugene, on the Middle Fork Willamette River, four miles southwest of Oakridge, Oregon.

The U.S. 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.

The scenic 2,735 acre lake (when full) with its 44 miles of forested shoreline provide many recreation opportunities including camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and water skiing.

View more Popular Lakes & Rivers

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Oakridge, OR
Passes: Some trails and day use sites require a Recreation Pass
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger District

General Information


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.

General Notes:

Boating Regulations & Boating Safety: Oregon State Marine Board manages boating regulations. Visit their website for boating regulations and safety information. They also have links to information about water levels in the reservoirs.

Fishing Regulations & Information: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife manages fishing regulations. Visit their website for information on fishing seasons and fishing licenses.

Reservoir and River Level Information: From the US Army Corps of Engineers.

map of Hills Creek Reservoir area



Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:

Boating - Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:
Water/Flow Level Water levels and boat ramp accessibility information is available from the Oregon State Marine Board website. Look for Hills Creek Reservoir in the section titled "Willamette Basin Reservoirs."

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:


Recreation areas with activity Swimming:


Recreation areas with activity Waterskiing:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
2,735 Acres

  Latitude : 

  Longitude :