Falls Creek

Falls Creek intake

Falls Creek is a 4,100-kilowatt hydroelectric generating station in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.  It draws water from the Falls Creek on a high meadow south of the South Santiam River and feeds it through a pipeline to a powerhouse that discharges into the South Santiam River upstream of the natural course of Falls Creek.  The powerhouse is located nearly 2,400 feet lower in elevation than the intake, making this one of the highest-head hydroelectric projects in the United States.  The facility produces approximately 15 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity in a typical year.  The Falls Creek facility was constructed in 1984 and has been exempted from licensing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC Project No. 6661).