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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s

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McKenzie River Geocaching

HWY 242 by Cari SoongFollow your GPS into the heart of Oregon's Cascade Mountains along the roaring McKenzie River. Traverse acclaimed hiking trails, bikeways and scenic byways and encounter crystal clear waters, dramatic waterfalls, brilliant lakes and vast vistas.

Geocaches in the McKenzie River region cover a diverse territory from barren lava fields to old growth forest. Immerse yourself in a wonderland of bird song, lush greenery, tall trees and serene natural sanctuaries.



Beginning just an hour east of Eugene - Springfield along Hwy 126, McKenzie River is composed of a dozen small riverfront communities. There are a few general stores and the ever popular Takoda's Restaurant in Rainbow. During the summer, Belknap Hot Springs Resort offers outdoor BBQ sandwiches. But it's probably a good idea to pack some picnic provisions.

Golf Boarding at Tokatee Golf ClubTo maximize your McKenzie River experience, allow for at least one overnight in the Cascades. There are a variety of affordable and fun places to stay. Curl up in a cozy cabin, relax at a rustic B&B or pitch your tent at one of many exquisite campgrounds. Depending on the time of year, advance reservations are recommended.

Please note: Highway 242 is closed November through June.  


If this is your first geocaching journey, drop by the Adventure Center for some geocaching coaching and pointers. The Adventure Center is an excellent resource for travel planning, maps and local recommendations.