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Oregon whitewater, McKenzie River

Lane county, Leaburg Dam to Hayden Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     24 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Eugene-Springfield, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch of McKenzie River in Oregon is 24 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Oregon are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers
    here are not suitable for beginners. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch has enough mileage for
an overnight trip, so pack your camp stove. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The wild scenery of the Central Cascade Range is great. The Leaburg Dam to Hayden Bridge stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. The beautiful scenery of Lane County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats  
anything. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Fall Creek State Park is a good place, and do take a hike on the Eagles Rest Trail. So many cool things to do here in the Central Cascade Range, too great to be true. Places like Elijah Bristow State Park are glorious to explore, and if you're going to from Marcola, you won't be the only one. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Throughout the warmest time of the year highs here at McKenzie River reach the 80's, and throughout the night it cools down to the 50's.

McKenzie River, Leaburg Dam to Hayden Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near McKenzie River.
 Whitewater Near McKenzie River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Oregon Whitewater Adventures, Lane County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Mohawk River, Lane County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (Mohawk River Road to Hileman Road)
Fall Creek, Lane County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Fall Creek Dam to Willamette River)
Whitewater Outfitter - JUSTUS Outfitters, Lane County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Willamette River - Middle Fork, Lane County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 10.8 miles long (Dexter Dam to confluence with Coast Fork Willamette)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Concrete Bridge above Holley to McKercher Park)
McKenzie River, Lane County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 24 miles long (Leaburg Dam to Hayden Bridge)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 14 miles away
      Class I - 7 miles long (McKercher Park to Brownsville)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness River Outfitters, Lane County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - A Helfrich Outfitter, Lane County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near McKenzie River:
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 57 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 65 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 77 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 92 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 96 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 98 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
 Marinas Near McKenzie River:
Edgewater RV Resort and Marina, Sweet Home , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near McKenzie River:
Broadway Inn Downtown, Eugene , 16 miles away
Crossland Eugene Springfield, Springfield , 17 miles away
Holiday Inn EUGENE - SPRINGFIELD, Springfield , 18 miles away
Comfort Suites Springfield, Springfield , 18 miles away
Courtyard Eugene Springfield, Springfield , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near McKenzie River:
Dexter Shores Mobile Home and RV Park, Dexter, 10 miles away
Fall Creek State Recreation Area - Fishermans Point Group, Fall Creek, 10 miles away
Fall Creek State Recreation Area - Cascara, Fall Creek, 10 miles away
 Trails Near McKenzie River:
Eagles Rest Trail, Lane , 14 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 1570 feet elevation difference
Johnny Creek Nature Trail, Lane , 16 miles away, 0.9 hiking miles, 992 feet elevation difference
Hardesty Trail, Lane , 16 miles away, 4.4 hiking miles, 3383 feet elevation difference
Teeter Creek Loop, Lane , 16 miles away, 1.8 hiking miles, 491 feet elevation difference
Cowhorn Trail, Lane , 17 miles away, 0.9 hiking miles, 194 feet elevation difference
Michigan Heights Trail, Lane , 18 miles away, 3 hiking miles, 2179 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near McKenzie River:
Elijah Bristow State Park, Oregon , 8 miles away
Fall Creek State Park, Oregon , 8 miles away
Lowell State Park, Oregon , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near McKenzie River:
Springfield Country Club, Springfield , 9 miles away
McKenzie River Golf Course, Walterville , 10 miles away
Emerald Valley Golf Club, Creswell , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near McKenzie River
Fall Creek Lake, Lane , 8 miles away
Dexter Reservoir, Lane , 9 miles away
Lookout Point Lake, Lane , 10 miles away

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