Larison Cove Picnic Area and Canoe Campsites

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Larison Cove is about 1 1/2 miles long and 300 yards wide. This short distance makes the paddle ideal for families with small children. These sites are isolated from the main reservoir and roads giving the user a feeling of peace and quiet while visiting the area.

Canoe-accessed dispersed camping is allowed in the cove. No overnight camping allowed in the parking lot. This dispersed camping area has 4 tent only sites with fire rings and a boat dock. There are no toilets and no potable water.

Located on the opposite shore (north) is the trailhead for Larison Creek Trail. This scenic trail follows the cove and Larison Creek for approximately 6 miles.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Middle Fork Ranger District: Opening and closing depends on water level at Hills Creek Reservoir. Currently closed.
Operational Hours: Dawn to dusk
Area Amenities: Toilets
Fees Day Use Fee: $5 per vehicle, per day. Fees must be paid within 30 minutes of arrival.
Usage: Medium
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times within the site
  • Non-motorized boating only
Closest Towns: Oakridge, Oregon (5.7 miles)
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger District
46375 Highway 58
Westfir, OR 97492

General Information


5.7 miles south of Oakridge, on the Larison Arm of Hills Creek Reservoir

From Oakridge, Oregon:

Beginning at the intersection of Crestview Street and Oregon State Highway 58 (at the only traffic light along Highway 58 in Oakridge), proceed east along State Highway 58 for 1.7 miles to Hills Creek Road/Kitson Springs Road.  Turn right and travel for 0.5 miles to Forest Road 21.  Turn right on Forest Road 21 and travel approximately 3.5 miles to the destination on your right, at the junction of Forest Road 2106. 


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.

Boating Safety

Boating Laws

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.

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