McKenzie River Hendricks Bridge Wayside to Hayden Bridge

Eugene, Oregon

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This run at Springfield’s doorstep has much to offer and is an ideal run for beginning boaters. During the summer, the banks are lined with juicy blackberries and the cold water provides refreshing relief from the heat. Several surprisingly good rapids, including Hayden Bridge Rapid, are in store for paddlers. The first few miles are quite calm and provide a good warm-up. In low water, some rapids near the top can be scratchy, but things get better. About halfway down, a tricky right turn has strong eddies on both sides. This is a good place to practice ferrying. Watch the trees and sky; on several trips eagles have been sighted. Do not look skyward too long, however. There is a rapids with large standing waves. This is a fine place for surfing, but the waves can be easily avoided on the left. Character: agricultural; paper mill.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

This run at Springfield’s doorstep has much to offer and is an ideal run for beginning boaters. During the summer, the banks are lined with juicy blackberries and the cold water provides refreshing relief from the heat. Several surprisingly good rapids, including Hayden Bridge Rapid, are in store for paddlers. The first few miles are quite calm and provide a good warm-up.

In low water, some rapids near the top can be scratchy, but things get better. About halfway down, a tricky right turn has strong eddies on both sides. This is a good place to practice ferrying. Watch the trees and sky; on several trips eagles have been sighted. Do not look skyward too long, however. There is a rapids with large standing waves. This is a fine place for surfing, but the waves can be easily avoided on the left. Character: agricultural; paper mill.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Eugene
Distance: 9
Class: Class II
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 900–2000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to McKenzie River: Hendricks Bridge Wayside to Hayden Bridge

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