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Oregon whitewater, Willamette River - Middle Fork

Lane county, Hills Creek Dam to Lookout Point Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     12.5 miles
 
This section has a nice class II+ boulder garden about a half mile below the put in right below Hills Creek Reservoir. Hells Gate rapid is right under the bridge that goes to Westfir, so you can scout this Class III rapid. Best flows in the winter starting in October when the USACE starts releasing water from the reservoir. Says Brooks-I

The Hills Creek Dam to Lookout Point Reservoir section of Willamette River - Middle Fork in Lane
    County is 12.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Oregon and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in location is
a short drive from Eugene-Springfield, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Hills Creek Dam to Lookout Point Reservoir stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. You can pitch a tent or park your  
RV at a nearby campground. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The wild scenery of the Central Cascade Range is great.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Willamette River - Middle Fork you stumble on the Alpine Trail which is a tremendous hiking trail, and people from Westfir love to come here.

Willamette River - Middle Fork, Hills Creek Dam to Lookout Point 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 Willamette River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Willamette River - Middle Fork:
Willamette River - Middle Fork, Lane County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 12.5 miles long (Hills Creek Dam to Lookout Point Reservoir)
Brice Creek, Lane County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Parker Falls to Champion Creek)
Fall Creek, Lane County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Portland Creek to Fall Creek Reservoir)
Salmon Creek, Lane County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V - 12 miles long (Top of Upper Salmon Creek Gorge to Oakridge)
Winberry Creek, Lane County, 11 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 4 miles long (South / North Fork Confluence to Forest Service bridge)
Brice Creek, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Champion Creek to Cedar Creek Campground)
Champion Creek, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (Gorge 1 mile above Brice Creek to Brice Creek)
Willamette River - North Fork of Middle Fork, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13.5 miles long (to Westfir)
Hills Creek, Lane County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (6 mi above Reservoir)
Salt Creek, Lane County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.2 miles long (McCredie Hot Springs to Rigdon Road Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Willamette River - Middle Fork:
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 32 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 54 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 58 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 85 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 92 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 95 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 97 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
 Hotels Near Willamette River - Middle Fork:
BEST WESTERN Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 1 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Creswell, Creswell , 37 miles away
Super 8 Creswell/South Eugene, Creswell , 37 miles away
Village Green Resort, Cottage Grove , 38 miles away
Quality Inn Cottage Grove, Cottage Grove , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Willamette River - Middle Fork:
Errin Campground, Lane County, 1 miles away
Oakridge Mobile Home Park, Oakridge, 1 miles away
Oakridge RV Park, Oakridge, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Willamette River - Middle Fork:
Alpine Trail, Lane , 2 miles away, 5.1 hiking miles, 2291 feet elevation difference
Larison Creek Trail, Lane , 3 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 191 feet elevation difference
Tire Mountain Trail, Lane , 4 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 722 feet elevation difference
Dinner Ridge Way, Lane , 5 miles away, 7.7 hiking miles, 4056 feet elevation difference
Cain Cabin Trail, Lane , 5 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 2516 feet elevation difference
McKinley Creek Trail, Lane , 6 miles away, 4.3 hiking miles, 1580 feet elevation difference
Cloverpatch Trail, Lane , 6 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 1327 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Willamette River - Middle Fork:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 50 miles away
Willamette National Forest, Oregon , 17 miles away
Fall Creek State Park, Oregon , 20 miles away
Lowell State Park, Oregon , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Willamette River - Middle Fork:
Circle Bar Golf Club, Westfir , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Willamette River - Middle Fork
Hills Creek Lake, Lane , 5 miles away
Gertrude Lake, Lane , 9 miles away
Lookout Point Lake, Lane , 20 miles away

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