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Oregon whitewater, McKenzie River

Lane county, Olallie Campground to Leaburg Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     40.7 miles
 
This is an awesome and very beautiful stretch of river with hot springs, and roman gardens as some extras on the trip... Says Tobias

The starting point is not too far from Albany-Lebanon, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of Lane County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon
    is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors
are great attractions for lots of people. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This stretch of McKenzie River in Lane County is 40.7 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. Now this is a pretty long section, so  
better bring your camping gear along. The river winds through the Central Cascade Range and you get great scenery. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Gold Hill Trail is tremendous fun, and of course, everyone loves Willamette National Forest. All year is a great time in the Central Cascade Range if you like the outdoors. Going for a hike along the Pernot Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Cascadia State Park is worth visiting if you're at McKenzie River.

McKenzie River, Olallie Campground to Leaburg Dam 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 McKenzie River.
 Whitewater Near McKenzie River:
Lookout Creek, -blank- County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (2.5 miles above Blue River to Blue River)
Canyon Creek, -blank- County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 7 miles long (7 Mile Bridge to South Santiam River)
Quartz Creek, Lane County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Quartz Creek Road Mile 7.5 Bridge to Mile 2 Bridge)
Blue River, Linn/ Lane County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Quentin Creek to Blue River Reservoir)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (22 miles above Holley to 13 Mile Bridge)
Santiam River - South, Linn County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 16.5 miles long (Mountain House to Foster Reservoir)
Christy Creek, Lane County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 9 miles long (to Confluence with Willamette)
Wiley Creek, Linn County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Above Wiley Creek Gorge to Little Wiley Creek Confluence)
McKenzie River - South Fork, Lane County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Dutch Oven Camp to Cougar Reservoir)
Willamette River - North Fork of Middle Fork, Lane County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13.5 miles long (to Westfir)
 Ski Areas Near McKenzie River:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 33 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 36 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 46 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 70 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 72 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 78 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near McKenzie River:
BEST WESTERN Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 25 miles away
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Boulder Falls Inn, Lebanon , 44 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Sublimity , 45 miles away
Broadway Inn, Eugene , 49 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Creswell, Creswell , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near McKenzie River:
Lazy Days Mobile Park, Blue River, 2 miles away
Mc Kenzie River Trailer/rv Court, Blue River, 2 miles away
Delta, Blue River, 3 miles away
 Trails Near McKenzie River:
Gold Hill Trail, Linn , 3 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1073 feet elevation difference
Pernot Trail, Lane , 9 miles away, 1 hiking miles, 344 feet elevation difference
Fall Creek Trail, Lane , 10 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 1528 feet elevation difference
Three Creek Trail, Linn , 10 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 2298 feet elevation difference
Frissell Point Trail, Lane , 13 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 3825 feet elevation difference
Tipsoo Trail, Lane , 13 miles away, 8.6 hiking miles, 2848 feet elevation difference
Lookout Mountain Trail, Lane , 14 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 527 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near McKenzie River:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 66 miles away
Willamette National Forest, Oregon , 12 miles away
Cascadia State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near McKenzie River:
Golf Oregon, Vida , 4 miles away
Tokatee Golf Club, Blue River , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near McKenzie River
Blue River Lake, Lane , 1 miles away
Cougar Reservoir, Lane , 7 miles away
Green Peter Lake, Linn , 20 miles away

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