McKenzie River Finn Rock to Leaburg Dam

Springfield, Oregon

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When people speak of “The McKenzie,” they usually mean the run from Finn Rock to Prince Helfrich Boat Landing. This run is one of the most popular day trips in Oregon. It offers rapids for paddlers of many skill levels, good scenery, and outstanding play spots. The run consists of long quiet stretches interspersed with exciting rapids and play spots. However, cold water is a danger to the unprepared. Below the put-in 2 miles is one of the best play spots, Clover Point, just above and within sight of the bridge at Nimrod. It is identified by a large flat rock outcrop on the right bank. About 0.8 mile downstream is Eagle Rock Rapid, class 2, identified by the rock cliff on the left. The best ride is down the chute near the left side. A short distance below Eagle Rock is a long series of surfing waves along the left side. Pleasant class 1 and 2 water continues for several miles. Silver Creek Public Boat Landing is on the right at mile 4, followed in 2 miles by Rennie Public Boat Landing. Character: wooded; cabins.

McKenzie River: Finn Rock to Leaburg Dam Professional Review and Guide

"When people speak of “The McKenzie,” they usually mean the run from Finn Rock to Prince Helfrich Boat Landing. This run is one of the most popular day trips in Oregon. It offers rapids for paddlers of many skill levels, good scenery, and outstanding play spots. The run consists of long quiet stretches interspersed with exciting rapids and play spots. However, cold water is a danger to the unprepared. Below the put-in 2 miles is one of the best play spots, Clover Point, just above and within sight of the bridge at Nimrod.

It is identified by a large flat rock outcrop on the right bank. About 0.8 mile downstream is Eagle Rock Rapid, class 2, identified by the rock cliff on the left. The best ride is down the chute near the left side. A short distance below Eagle Rock is a long series of surfing waves along the left side. Pleasant class 1 and 2 water continues for several miles. Silver Creek Public Boat Landing is on the right at mile 4, followed in 2 miles by Rennie Public Boat Landing. Character: wooded; cabins."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Springfield
Distance: 15
Class: Class II-III
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 900–3000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to McKenzie River: Finn Rock to Leaburg Dam

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