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Description - Hills Creek Dam, 45 miles southeast of Eugene on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, is one of 13 multi-purpose dams operated by the Corps of Engineers in the Willamette Valley. The dam provides flood control, irrigation, hydropower generation, navigation, improved downstream water quality, and water-based recreation. Hills Creek Dam is an earthfill structure with a gated concrete spillway. The powerhouse has two generators capable of producing a total of 30,000 kilowatts. Construction of the dam was completed in 1961 at a cost of $46 million.

Attractions - Hills Creek Lake is set in rugged mountain country within the Willamette National Forest. The scenic 2,735 acre lake with its 44 miles of forested shoreline provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. There are five parks around the lake, two of which have overnight camping. There are also three boat ramps available. The Corps developed a 130-acre wildlife and wetland area below Hills Creek Dam, which has open fields, small ponds, riverside habitat, beaver dams and food plots.

Recreation - Hills Creek Lake is set in rugged mountain country within the Willamette National Forest. The scenic 2,735 acre lake with its 44 miles of forested shoreline provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. There are five parks around the lake, two of which have overnight camping. There are also three boat ramps available. The Corps developed a 130-acre wildlife and wetland area below Hills Creek Dam, which has open fields, small ponds, riverside habitat, beaver dams and food plots.

Climate - The climate in Oregon varies greatly by region. The coastal region and the regions west of the Cascade Range are generally temperate and wet. Temperatures in the western portion of the state rarely rise above 85 degrees F during the warmest months and rarely dip below freezing during the winter.

Location - Hill Creek Lake is a scenic lake in a narrow canyon of the Willamette National Forest. From Eugene, 45 mi. SE on OR 58.


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Contact Information:
Hills Creek, P.O. Box 429 , LOWELL, OR, 97452-0429, Phone: 541-937-2131

Additional Information:
Oregon Lakes and Reservoirs - This list includes some of Oregon's largest reservoirs, as well as several smaller mountain lakes. These sites offer a full range of water-based outdoor recreation opportunities.
Willamette Valley - The Willamette Valley lies to the south of Portland and takes its name from the river that flows through it. The valley lies between the Coast Range and the Cascades.

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