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Oregon whitewater, McKenzie River - South Fork

Lane county, Dutch Oven Camp to Cougar Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     6.2 miles
  If you're coming from Albany-Lebanon it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of McKenzie River - South Fork is 6.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. There aren’t any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill
    up quick. The nature scenery of Lane County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. Getting your paddling muscles activated
and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The average Oregon whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Cascade Range is a great experience. This is not the only paddling section in this river system,  
there are others too. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to McKenzie River - South Fork wouldn’t be complete without a trip to nearby Willamette National Forest. If the weather is good here at McKenzie River - South Fork, you can go for a hike along the Tuckta Trail, and you'll meet a lot of people from Blue River here. At this river you will always have a good time. The Pyramid Trail is a fine hiking trail in the vicinity of McKenzie River - South Fork.

McKenzie River - South Fork, Dutch Oven Camp to Cougar Reservoir road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near McKenzie River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near McKenzie River - South Fork:
McKenzie River - South Fork, Lane County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Dutch Oven Camp to Cougar Reservoir)
Christy Creek, Lane County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 9 miles long (to Confluence with Willamette)
Quartz Creek, Lane County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Quartz Creek Road Mile 7.5 Bridge to Mile 2 Bridge)
Lookout Creek, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (2.5 miles above Blue River to Blue River)
Willamette River - North Fork of Middle Fork, Lane County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13.5 miles long (to Westfir)
Blue River, Linn/ Lane County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Quentin Creek to Blue River Reservoir)
Horse Creek, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 11 miles long (above Separation Creek to McKenzie River)
Whitewater Outfitter - High Country Expedition, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Salmon Creek, Lane County, 15 miles away
      Class II-V - 12 miles long (Top of Upper Salmon Creek Gorge to Oakridge)
McKenzie River, Lane County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 40.7 miles long (Olallie Campground to Leaburg Dam)
 Ski Areas Near McKenzie River - South Fork:
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 23 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 30 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 36 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 70 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 73 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 75 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 80 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near McKenzie River - South Fork:
BEST WESTERN Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 24 miles away
BEST WESTERN Ponderosa Lodge, Sisters , 46 miles away
Five Pine Lodge, Sisters , 47 miles away
 Campgrounds Near McKenzie River - South Fork:
French Pete, Blue River, 2 miles away
Hard Rock, Blue River, 2 miles away
Red Diamond Group, Blue River, 2 miles away
 Trails Near McKenzie River - South Fork:
Tuckta Trail, Lane , 3 miles away, 1 hiking miles, 894 feet elevation difference
Pyramid Trail, Lane , 4 miles away,  8.8 hiking miles, 3174 feet elevation difference
Rebel Rock Trail, Lane , 4 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 3608 feet elevation difference
Tipsoo Trail, Lane , 4 miles away, 8.6 hiking miles, 2848 feet elevation difference
Hiyu Trail, Lane , 4 miles away,  6.8 hiking miles, 1264 feet elevation difference
Grasshopper Trail, Lane , 7 miles away, 10.2 hiking miles, 2109 feet elevation difference
Saddle Trail, Lane , 7 miles away,  2.4 hiking miles, 1641 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near McKenzie River - South Fork:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 56 miles away
Willamette National Forest, Oregon , 7 miles away
Cascadia State Park, Oregon , 27 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near McKenzie River - South Fork:
Tokatee Golf Club, Blue River , 8 miles away
Golf Oregon, Vida , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near McKenzie River - South Fork
Cougar Reservoir, Lane , 6 miles away
Blue River Lake, Lane , 12 miles away
Smith Reservoir, Linn , 18 miles away

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