Elijah Bristow State Park

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Elijah Bristow State Park

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Overview

Elijah Bristow State Park is located on the Willamette River, and is easily to reach via State Highway 58 southeast of the Eugene. The park was named for one of the first pioneer settlers in Lane County and is comprised of 847 acres of scattered meadows, woodlands and wetlands. Elijah Bristow has more than 10 miles of trail for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Part of the trail system includes a portion of the Eugene to Pacific Crest trail. Salmon and steelhead trout abound during annual runs in one of the few stretches of the lower Willamette with fast-moving white water. Unique wildlife nesting and habitat areas fill the park's islands and sloughs. Channel Lake, a land-locked river channel that meanders through the park, eventually empties back into the Willamette. The lake and a short stretch of Lost Creek are home to a diverse community of plants and wildlife. A dense canopy of broadleaf and evergreen trees with a lush understory of shrubs and herbaceous plants provides an excellent area for nature study and outdoor education. Elijah Bristow is also home to several threatened species, including the Western pond turtle and the Oregon chub. You'll find old-growth cottonwood, bigleaf maple, western red cedar, Douglas fir and western hemlock along with stands of Oregon ash and white oak. Elijah Bristow has three reservable picnic areas complete with picnic tables, water, electricity, restrooms and fire rings. Area B has a large barbecue stand. There is also ample opportunity for informal picnicking in other, first-come/first-served areas of the park. A separate equestrian staging area with tables, water electricity and a restroom make Bristow a favorite destination with local riding clubs.

Map of Elijah Bristow (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.939725, -122.846604

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park has two boat launch ramps.

  • Bird Watching

    Osprey, great blue heron and bald eagles live in and near the park.

  • Bicycling

    Elijah Bristow has more than 10 miles of shared trail for mountain bikers.

  • Fishing

    Salmon and steelhead trout abound during annual runs in one of the few stretches of the lower Willamette with fast-moving white water. Unique wildlife nesting and habitat areas fill the park's islands and sloughs.

  • Hiking

    Elijah Bristow has more than 10 miles of shared trail for hikers. Part of the trail system includes a portion of the Eugene to Pacific Crest trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Elijah Bristow has more than 10 miles of shared trail for equestrians. A separate equestrian staging area with tables, water electricity and a restroom make Bristow a favorite destination with local riding clubs.

  • Picnicking

    Elijah Bristow has three reservable picnic areas complete with picnic tables, water, electricity, restrooms and fire rings. Area B has a large barbecue stand. There is also ample opportunity for informal picnicking in other, first-come/first-served areas of the park.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The park is a great place for watching wildlife, such as deer, elk, beaver, great blue herons, hawks, bald eagles and coyotes. Professional botanists and student naturalists are lured by the park's diverse ecosystems, model restoration efforts and prime breeding grounds for the Western pond turtle. Seasonal salmon runs present added spectacles for sightseers.

Park Partners

Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council

The purpose of the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council is to serve "...as a volunteer-based partnership of diverse watershed stakeholders that focuses on promoting sustainability and making the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed a better place to live, work, and visit; for now and future generations."

The council works to restore and sustain the ecological integrity and economic viability of the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed and to promote local control by providing effective voluntary solutions to watershed issues. The council's origins date back to early 1998, when community members interested in establishing a watershed council within the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed began meeting. The movement gradually grew and led to support funding being secured from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) in January of 2000. A council operating charter was developed during the summer and fall of 2000, and the Lane County Board of Commissioners formally recognized the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council on November 21, 2000.

(541) 937-9800

Directions

Driving

Elijah Bristow State Park is located on the Willamette River, and is easy to reach via State Highway 58, 16 miles southeast of the Eugene.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 551-6949

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