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McKenzie - 5. Finn Rock to Leaburg Dam


McKenzie, Oregon, US

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5. Finn Rock to Leaburg Dam

Usual Difficulty II(III) (varies with level)
Length 15 Miles

C2 through Marten Rapid


C2 through Marten Rapid
Photo of Bob Lee and Megi Morishita by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 09/30/06 @ 2430 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MCKENZIE RIVER NEAR VIDA, OR
usgs-14162500 600 - 12000 cfs II+ 01h17m 3310 cfs (running)


River Description

With a long season, convenient access to Eugene, great scenery, and a couple great playspots this is the most popular section of the river. It's a great river to learn on as those new to the sport can follow a guide down more conservative lines while experienced paddlers can enjoy a number of fun playspots.

Playboat levels: 

2.4-2.9 ft is ideal for Neil's Wave, it can be caught on the fly higher, but tends to wash out, and eddy service gets lost. 

The very top hole in Clover is fun when low, other waves come in below the main river right wave as the level comes up. 3.5+ always has something surfable there.  

The run from Finn Rock down to Prince Helfrich Landing is a great day trip. Several access points provide a diversity of options including park and play at Clover Point. Many kayakers enjoy the Mom's Pies run which starts at the informal access at Mom's Pies just above Clover Point and takes in the best playspots on the run. The most challenging rapid on this section is Marten Rapid which is a solid class III at medium flows and the most challenging drop on the run. You can always take-out above this rapid at Ben and Kay Dorris State Park. Prince Helfrich Landing is located just after this rapid.

Access: Finn Rock is the main put-in and 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.

The take-out just below Marten Rapid is Prince Helfrich Landing. It is reached by driving to Highway 126 mile 38.5 and then turning onto Thomson Ln. which heads down to the river. You can recognize it from the river by the suspension bridge across the river.

 
 
 

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-12 15:55:23

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-54.0Finn Rock Boat LandingAccess Photo
-51.9Mom's Pies AccessAccess
-51.6Clover Point PlayspotII+Playspot Photo
-51.0Eagle Rock RapidII
-50.6Nells RapidsII
-49.9Silver Creek Boat RampAccess Photo
-47.9Rennie Boat RampAccess Photo
-46.6Brown's HoleII+
-45.0Ben and Kay Dorris Boat RampAccess Photo
-44.8Marten RapidIII+Photo
-44.1Prince Helfrich LandingAccess Photo
-39.5Leaburg Reservoir Boat RampTakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Finn Rock Boat Landing

Finn Rock Boat Landing

Finn Rock Boat Landing
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 08/31/06 @ 2430 cfs

Finn Rock is a popular access point for a day trip on the McKenzie. 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.



Mom's Pies Access

This informal access is used by kayakers who want to put-in just upstream of Clover Point. It can be used for park and play or you can do a short run to one of the access points downstream.



Clover Point Playspot (Class II+, Mile -51.6)

Clover Point

Clover Point
Photo of Steve by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 08/31/06 @ 2430 cfs

A fun little playspot just downstream of the informal put-in at Mom's Pies. It is just upstream of the Nimrod Bridge.



Eagle Rock Rapid (Class II, Mile -51.0)

A fun class II down the left side.



Nells Rapids (Class II, Mile -50.6)

Waves down the left through Nells.



Silver Creek Boat Ramp

Silver Creek Boat Landing

Silver Creek Boat Landing
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 08/31/06 @ 2430 cfs

Silver Creek boat ramp is located at Highway 126 mile 33.9.



Rennie Boat Ramp

Rennie Public Boat Landing

Rennie Public Boat Landing
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 08/31/06 @ 2430 cfs

This access is at a Highway 126 mile 32.2.



Brown's Hole (Class II+, Mile -46.6)

Run the easy line to the right and avoid it or run the meat down the left.



Ben and Kay Dorris Boat Ramp

Ben and Kay Dorris State Park Boat Ramp

Ben and Kay Dorris State Park Boat Ramp
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 08/31/06 @ 2430 cfs

This access can be used as a take-out if you don't want to run Marten Rapid which is the biggest rapid on this lower section of the McKenzie. It is located at Highway 126 mile 29.1.



Marten Rapid (Class III+, Mile -44.8)

C2 through Marten Rapid

C2 through Marten Rapid
Photo of Bob Lee and Megi Morishita by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 09/30/06 @ 2430 cfs

This is a great class III rapid that is the highlight of the run for those with skills to do so safely. An alternative take-out for those who don't want to run this drop is available just upstream at Ben and Kay Dorris State Park.



Prince Helfrich Landing

Prince Helfrich Landing

Prince Helfrich Landing
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 10/02/06

This is a popular take-out for one of the better whitewater sections on the McKenzie and is just below Marten Rapid. It is reached by driving to Highway 126 mile 38.5 and then turning onto Thomson Ln. which heads down to the river. You can recognize it from the river by the suspension bridge across the river.



Leaburg Reservoir Boat Ramp

At Highway 126 mile 24.7 there is an access at the upstream end of the Leaburg Reservoir.




User Comments

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July 19 2017 (31 days ago)
Thomas O'KeefeDetails
The Corps is reducing reservoir levels behind the dams to support maintenance and rehabilitation of
the structures' spillway gates. Cougar Reservoir drawdown begins July 15, 2017, as water managers
gradually increase daily water releases up to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs). Another gradual
increase begins Aug. 1, when water release will eventually reach 1,000 cfs. Normal water release
for this time of year is about 580 cfs. Water managers will also begin gradually increasing daily
water releases at Blue River Reservoir, reaching about 500 cfs by Aug. 1. Normal daily release from
the dam is about 300 cfs.


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