McKenzie - 6. Leaburg Dam to Hayden Bridge

McKenzie, Oregon, US


6. Leaburg Dam to Hayden Bridge

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 24 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14163150 900 - 2000 cfs II 03h33m 3310 cfs (too high)

River Description

There are many miles to paddle between the Leaburg Dam and Hayden Bridge. 

The Hayden Bridge boat ramp (the takeout), just off Marcola Road, is a popular put-in spot for tubers and is often jam packed with cars on summer weekends when the temps rise above 90 degrees. 

A popular run for fisherman is from Hendricks Bridge Park in Springfield to Hayden Bridge (about 9 miles) and is basically a class I-II run at most levels. Bellinger landing provides a slightly shorter trip. 

There is a pulloff on camp creek road [ 35788-35930 Camp Creek Rd Springfield, OR 97478 44.071816, -122.941368] that can serve as a put-in and create a nice little class I-II run to Hayden Bridge that is a perfect training run for boaters. There is a great spot for ferries and eddy play at that turn-off put-in, a couple of sets of shoals and swiftwater throughout and a fun II+/III- drop just before Hayden Bridge. 

Below the drop is a great beginner play wave that has generous eddy service, is pretty smooth and just barely sticky enough to hold a spin...barely. The runout is deep and the eddyline is great for squirts. I've had 4 minute rides on this wave. I'd call it a good beginner wave to work on edge control and carving, but anyone looking to throw tricks will be disappointed.

This can also be a park and play spot from Hayden Bridge. Logistics are pretty easy. Just put in at the Hayden Bridge boat launch and paddle *upstream* passed the bridge. The wave will be obvious (river left) and you'll see some "rock beavering" that bolsters the eddy service.


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Last Updated: 2016-01-19 00:36:00


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July 19 2017 (545 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.