Elijah Bristow State Park

  General Advisory 05/18/17
Elijah Bristow State Park will be hosting a Boy Scout event in the main picnic area May 18th-21st. All trails will remain open, as well as the main restroom, but expect congestion in the main picnic area. On Friday the 19th, Scouts will be dropped off at the Equestrian Area. Additionally, there will be an organized equestrian ride on the 21st, use caution on roads and trails throughout the park.
Symbols represent major park features and activities.  Blue icons mean some or all are ADA accessible.

Major Park Features:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Bike Path
  • Fishing
  • Horse Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Open Year Round

Elijah Bristow State Park is located on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, and is easy 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.  2 reservable group picnic areas, and numerous first come, first serve picnic sites provide plenty of opportunity relax and enjoy nature.

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 and provides habitat for Osprey, great blue heron, bald eagles and beaver.  Elijah Bristow is also home to several threatened species, including the Western pond turtle and the Oregon chub.  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 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.  A separate equestrian staging area with a picnic shelter, bbq's, tables, water and a restroom make Bristow a favorite destination with local riding clubs.  Kayakers and canoeists will appreciate a new access trail to the river for the start of their journey on the Willamette River Water Trail.