McKenzie - 4. Paradise to Finn Rock

McKenzie, Oregon, US


4. Paradise to Finn Rock

Usual Difficulty II+ (varies with level)
Length 17.7 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14162500 600 - 10000 cfs II 00h50m 2990 cfs (running)

River Description

This section is a good run for those learning whitewater. Redsides is a classic playspot on this section about halfway between Bruckart Bridge and Finn Rock.

Note: At the flow range listed, there are no major hazards to avoid, although at the upper end (6000+) the waves get big and can easily flip even class III boaters. Recovery is usually easy, but a roll is recommended at higher flows. 

Logistics: The put-in at Paradise Campground has a designated launch area suitable for rafts (river mile 71.7). It is reached by heading up Highway 126 to mile 54.1 just upstream of McKenzie Bridge.

The reach ends at Finn Rock Finn Rock is a popular access point for a day trip on the McKenzie (river mile 54.0). The access works well for rafts. To reach this access head to Highway 126 mile 37.9 and turn onto Quartz Creek Road which takes you across the bridge to river left. A good ramp is available on the upstream river left side of the bridge.

Bruckart Bridge is a good intermediate access point for this run that roughly splits it in half. 

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-12 16:28:57


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