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Difficulty II
Length 24 Miles
Gauge MCKENZIE RIVER BLW LEABURG DAM, NR LEABURG, OR
Flow Range 900 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 49 minutes ago 5200 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/19/2016 12:36 am

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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Date Flow Result Factor  
2011-03-26 n/a Fatality One Boat Trip Read More
2010-09-05 n/a Fatality Other Read More
2005-07-31 n/a Fatality Other Read More

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1191321 04/22/05 n/a n/a
1205168 08/04/15 clinton begley Posted Description and added gauge
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1205817 01/19/16 clinton begley updated listing number
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