McKenzie River Leaburg Dam to Hendricks Bridge Wayside

Eugene, Oregon

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This run is fairly quiet compared to the upper runs, but it is very enjoyable. The scenery is more typical of Oregon’s agricultural countryside than the dense forests found upstream. The river meanders in deep pools around large islands and runs swiftly through sharp turns with tricky currents. Although some of the turns require careful attention, no major rapids are present until the very end. About halfway through the trip, the river runs under the only bridge, then past a golf course and some farmland. Most of the channels around islands appear to be open, but close inspection for the best route is required, especially at low water. One of the channels to the right becomes an irrigation ditch. Character: agricultural.
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 is fairly quiet compared to the upper runs, but it is very enjoyable. The scenery is more typical of Oregon’s agricultural countryside than the dense forests found upstream. The river meanders in deep pools around large islands and runs swiftly through sharp turns with tricky currents.

Although some of the turns require careful attention, no major rapids are present until the very end. About halfway through the trip, the river runs under the only bridge, then past a golf course and some farmland. Most of the channels around islands appear to be open, but close inspection for the best route is required, especially at low water. One of the channels to the right becomes an irrigation ditch. Character: agricultural.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Eugene
Distance: 15
Class: Class II
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 900–2000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to McKenzie River: Leaburg Dam to Hendricks Bridge Wayside

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May 2018