McKenzie River • Oregon

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The McKenzie River Tourism Committee meets monthly and is open to public participation.  With the river’s rushing waters and natural wonders, the McKenzie River is a destination for people from all around the world. The influx of visitors during the Summer makes for a vibrant economy.


Emerald Art Center Art Walk: 2nd Friday in Springfield

Walterville Community Center

Vida-McKenzie Community Center 
Sew & Sew’s 1st Monday, 1pm
Family Bingo Night 2nd Saturday, 7pm
Vida-McKenzie Neighborhood Watch 2nd Thursday, 2pm (May-Oct 7pm)
Late Bloomers Garden Club 3rd Thursday, 10am

McKenzie Community Track & Field

Upper McKenzie Communtiy Center

Sunday Produce Market begins in May, 11-3PM!

Potluck & Open Mic every last Friday of the month 5:30-8:30!

Ice Cream Social: Saturday in August, 1-6 pm

McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce  General Meetings: Quarterly. Location changes.

McKenzie River Communities



Just outside Springfield, Walterville offers the McKenzie River's only shopping center with a restaurant, supermarket and feed and tackle store. The annual Walterville Community Fair is held here in September. Walterville is also part of Eugene's hydropower system, home to the 70-acre (28 ha) Walterville Pond. Triangle 5 Ranch offers horseback rides on woodsy trails and past historic farm buildings. The Walterville post office was established in 1875.


Leaburg Oregon Sign

A picturesque destination for fishing, the Goodpasture Covered Bridge spans the McKenzie River at the east end of town. There is a public boat launch on Greenwood Drive, and the Leaburg Dam is an excellent spot to observe salmon and steelhead climbing a fish ladder. Bring your camera along with your fishing rod! There is a fish hatchery in the vicinity. Leaburg offers a library, veterinarian, auto shop, fire station and a country store with groceries and gas. You'll find Ike's Lakeside Pizza, which is now home to a life-sized Simpsons' family statues. (Another photo opportunity!)



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Wonder where the popular UO campus-area bar "Rennie's Landing" name came from? It's a boat launch in Vida! Also here is Ben & Kay Dorris Park which includes the famous Marten Rapids stretch of the McKenzie River. The community offers a grocery store, gas station, café and fire station. There are several lodges, vacation rentals and cabins. Vida was established in 1868, and named for the first postmaster's daughter.

Nimrod Oregon Sign

Nimrod's name gets a lot of attention (and the town has had to bolt its sign down) as a modern day synonym for "fool," but some believe its name is actually in reference to a biblical figure known for his hunting prowess. A ferry crossing was once established here. In 1938, Nimrod hosted the first white water parade, an event that attracted thousands and peaked with 300 boats covering 20 miles (32 km) until it was shut down in 1970 due to reckless boating. Today the annual Wooden Boat Festival is re-created on a modified scale from Eagle Rock Lodge. Eagle Rock itself is a huge boulder on the south side of the river. There are several bed and breakfasts here and a fire station.



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A former 1863 gold mining town, Blue River is nestled on the banks of Blue River which flows into the McKenzie River. The McKenzie Community Track & Field hosts track meets and the annual Arts Festival. The town offers a library, liquor shop, auto shop, medical clinic, fire station and boat landing. The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest is nearby. Cougar Reservoir, and adjacent Terwilliger Hot Springs, are popular for water recreation. Turn onto the Aufderheide here, a national scenic byway that connects the McKenzie River area with Oakridge-Westfir. (The Aufderheide is a seasonal road, not maintained in the winter.)

Rainbow Oregon Sign

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Rainbow was once an important stage stop for travelers and offered ferry service. Later a series of bridges crossed the McKenzie River here. The current Belknap Covered Bridge, built in 1966, still accommodates cars. Hike to Castle Rock, a former fire lookout with amazing valley views. Or play golf at Tokatee Golf Club with views of the Three Sisters Mountains from the greens. The United States Basketball Academy is here - a great spot for groups. And the town includes the Blue Sky Market and a shop dedicated to the Christmas holidays.


McKenzie Bridge Oregon Sign

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Lane Transit District's bus will take you this far from Eugene, right to the McKenzie River Ranger Station. McKenzie Bridge has the McKenzie General Store, lodges and cabin resorts and a fire station. Belknap Hot Springs Resort & Camp Yale, a camper's paradise of gardens, hot spring pools, riverfront campsites, cabins and the main lodge is in the vicinity. From here, branch off to Highway 242 during the summer season for an amazing drive through lava fields to the Dee Wright Observatory. (Hwy 242 is closed to vehicle traffic in the winter months.)


On the way to Sisters and Bend there are many campgrounds, hiking trails, waterfalls and lakes - but no services. It is always a good idea to travel with a full tank of gas, extra food, water, warm blankets and a first aid kit. Check road conditions before departing.

Key Sites

Koosah and Sahalie Falls trail

Clear Lake:  Hike or kayak and view the underwater petrified forest.

HooDoo Ski Resort and Autobahn


Trails, Travel & Pass Info

Order Your E-Pass (NW Forest Pass for day use) is available online at  Print out your pass at home or on the road!

In addition to Forest Service offices, the Northwest Forest Pass ($5.00 daily and $30.00 annually) can be purchased at all area Bi-Mart Stores and REI Sporting Goods stores. The NW Forest Pass may also be purchased through local vendors: Mather’s Market in Cedar Flat near Springfield; Leaburg Country Store; Meyer’s General Store in Blue River; Blue Sky Market in Rainbow.

Local Weather     Road Conditions     Road Cams     Fire Conditions     Winter Recreation     Day Use Sites

McKenize River Ranger District Recreation Update

Trail List and Condition Report for Highway 242 – McKenzie Pass 

Link to McKenzie Ranger District

From Clear Lake, under the majestic Mount Washington, to the fly-fishing and bird watching town of Walterville, the McKenzie River is filled with fun, beauty, and excitement for you, your family, and friends. Choose from one of the world class bike trails, white water rafting, fishing, hiking, or relaxing in one of the natural hot springs. No matter if you prefer solitary time hiking on one of the many incredible trails, feeling the refreshing spray of a thundering waterfall on your face with a few friends, or listening to live music and socializing at one of our fine restaurants or lodges, the McKenzie River has the adventure for you.


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