Difficulty II(III)
Length 8.3 Miles
Gauge MCKENZIE RIVER NEAR VIDA, OR
Flow Range 600 - 9000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 42 minutes ago 1680 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/18/2019 8:13 pm

River Description


This is a beatiful run with consistent gradient on the Wild and Scenic Section of the McKenzie River. It is somewhat more busy between the steeper rapids at low water. At higher flows, 3500+ the in-between stuff flattens out, but the individual drops get somewhat bigger. Fish ladder is the only real III on the run, although the continuous nature with few eddies and the ever present threat of wood certainly earns the class III rating for this stretch. 

Logistics: Ollalie Campground has a designated river access with a raft launch just downstream of the main camping area that serves as the put-in (river mile 80.0). It is at Highway 126 mile 13.0 (7.6 miles up the road from Paradise). Once you turn into the campground it's 0.5 mile down the launch area.

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.

A pretty comprehensive video of the majority of the rapids on this run (and beyond to McKenzie Bridge CG) can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UAhuVEojCs&t  

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

6/10/2019
Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.

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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1205825 01/19/16 clinton begley updated flow ranges
1205821 01/19/16 clinton begley created new reach to reflect different flows and features along this stretch.
1205820 01/19/16 clinton begley n/a
1205822 01/19/16 clinton begley updated difficulty
1205823 01/19/16 clinton begley updated abstract
1205824 01/19/16 clinton begley updated flows and gauge
1205942 03/25/16 clinton begley updated description on flows
1208017 07/12/17 Thomas O'Keefe moved this to upstream reach and fixed the mapping
1207247 02/17/17 clinton begley updated flow ranges
1208020 07/12/17 Thomas O'Keefe photo added, map edits
1213222 07/08/19 Russ Golobic updated description
1213223 07/08/19 Russ Golobic updated description
1213377 07/18/19 Russ Golobic updated image position