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Oregon whitewater, Hills Creek

Lane county, 6 mi above Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     6 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Eugene-Springfield, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The average Oregon whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The nature scenery of Oregon and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. This
    section of Hills Creek in Lane County is 6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. If you're a camper you can camp
at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The river winds through the  
Central Cascade Range and you get great scenery. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Willamette National Forest when you're here at Hills Creek is never a bad idea, and you can have a magnificent hiking adventure along the Kitson Ridge Trail. Whohoo, so many enjoyable things in one place! The Central Cascade Range rules! Hills Creek is not far at all from Oakridge, and hiking along the Gobel Creek Trail is delightful fun. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Summertime highs at Hills Creek generally tend to be in the 80's with overnight lows in the 50's.

Hills Creek, 6 mi above Reservoir road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Hills Creek.
 Whitewater Near Hills Creek:
Hills Creek, Lane County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (6 mi above Reservoir)
Salt Creek, Lane County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.2 miles long (McCredie Hot Springs to Rigdon Road Bridge)
Willamette River - Middle Fork, Lane County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 12.5 miles long (Hills Creek Dam to Lookout Point Reservoir)
Salmon Creek, Lane County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V - 12 miles long (Top of Upper Salmon Creek Gorge to Oakridge)
Willamette River - North Fork of Middle Fork, Lane County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13.5 miles long (to Westfir)
Christy Creek, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 9 miles long (to Confluence with Willamette)
Brice Creek, Lane County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Parker Falls to Champion Creek)
Quartz Creek, Lane County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Quartz Creek Road Mile 7.5 Bridge to Mile 2 Bridge)
McKenzie River - South Fork, Lane County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Dutch Oven Camp to Cougar Reservoir)
Steamboat Creek, Douglas County, 20 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (City Creek to Steamboat Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Hills Creek:
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 21 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 49 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 49 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 83 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 91 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 94 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 95 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
 Hotels Near Hills Creek:
BEST WESTERN Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Creswell, Creswell , 48 miles away
Super 8 Creswell/South Eugene, Creswell , 48 miles away
Village Green Resort, Cottage Grove , 49 miles away
Quality Inn Cottage Grove, Cottage Grove , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Hills Creek:
Blue Pool, Oakridge, 4 miles away
Salmon Creek Falls, Oakridge, 5 miles away
Packard Creek, Oakridge, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Hills Creek:
Gobel Creek Trail, Lane , 4 miles away,  1.2 hiking miles, 632 feet elevation difference
Kitson Ridge Trail, Lane , 4 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 3666 feet elevation difference
Squaw Butte Trail, Lane , 4 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 1436 feet elevation difference
Bunchgrass Trail, Lane , 4 miles away, 5.5 hiking miles, 2141 feet elevation difference
Owl Cabin Way, Lane , 5 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 3365 feet elevation difference
Shitepoke Trail, Lane , 6 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 2640 feet elevation difference
Dead Mountain Trail, Lane , 8 miles away, 5.2 hiking miles, 2108 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Hills Creek:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 41 miles away
Willamette National Forest, Oregon , 15 miles away
Clyde Holliday State Park, Oregon , 26 miles away
Fall Creek State Park, Oregon , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hills Creek:
Circle Bar Golf Club, Westfir , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Hills Creek
Hills Creek Lake, Lane , 6 miles away
Gertrude Lake, Lane , 14 miles away
Yoran Lake, Klamath , 17 miles away

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