Willow Creek Dam is located near the community of Heppner, in northern Oregon. The dam is within an easy drive of Hermiston and Pendleton via either Highway 207 and/or Highway 74. This is an interesting part of the state and features unique geography. There is a lot of wide open space in the surrounding area and plenty to do and see too. The area around Willow Creek Dam is a very nice stop on a road trip through the area.
Fun Facts About Willow Creek Dam
-Willow Creek Dam is on of the state’s newer dams, having been constructed between 1979 and 1983.
-Willow Creek Dam was built and is operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
-Willow Creek Dam is 165 feet tall.
-Willow Creek Dam measures in at 1,780 feet long.
-Willow Creek Dam is located within Morrow County.
-Willow Creek Dam was the first major dam constructed of roller compacted concrete.
-Willow Creek Dam sits, naturally, right on Willow Creek. The water it holds back behind it is known as Willow Creek Lake.
-In 1903, a major flood at the site where Willow Creek Dam now sits killed approximately 250 people which at the time was about one quarter of the community of Heppner’s population.
-Willow Creek Dam had a budget of $50 million prior to the start of construction. The project came in at a total cost of $35 million.
-Willow Creek Dam won an American Society of Engineers award in 1985.