McKenzie - 3. Olallie Campground to Paradise Campground

McKenzie, Oregon, US


3. Olallie Campground to Paradise Campground

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 8.3 Miles

Wild and Scenic McKenzie

Wild and Scenic McKenzie
Photo of Jim Reed by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 11/11/07

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14162500 600 - 9000 cfs II(III) 01h24m 3410 cfs (running)

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-12 16:06:21


Ollalie Campground Access

Detail Trip Report  Ollalie Campground Access  McKenzie River, OR(2.75MB .jpeg)

Wild and Scenic McKenzie

Detail Trip Report  Wild and Scenic McKenzie  McKenzie River, OR(2.52MB .jpeg)

Paradise Campground Access

Detail Trip Report  Paradise Campground Access  McKenzie River, OR(4.87MB .jpeg)

Belknap Hot Spring

Detail Trip Report  Belknap Hot Spring  McKenzie River, OR(2.57MB .jpeg)

Gauge Information

We have no additional information about how various flows affect runnability (or playability) of this section of river. If you can provide additional information, please either directly contact the StreamTeam member for this reach, or add a 'comment' or a 'report' with your information to help out your fellow boaters.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14162500 600 - 9000 cfs II(III) 01h24m 3410 cfs (running)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
600 -9000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II(III)

Report - Reports of McKenzie 3. Olallie Campground to Paradise Campground and related gauges

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When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
> 10 years McKenzie River [OR] Wild and Scenic McKenzie n/a Thomas O'Keefe



User Comments

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March 15 2018 (272 days ago)
Carla MinerDetails
Total river wide blockage on the upper Mckenzie River 1/2 mile downriver of Deer Creek Bridge.
Ollalie campground boat launch is hazard tape'd off and signs posted. Two trees came down when a
large root/mud wad eroded and fell down. Able to view blockage easily from McKenzie River trail.

Rapid Descriptions

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 3. Olallie Campground to Paradise Campground, McKenzie Oregon, US (mobile)