Things to Do & Events

Whitewater rafting on the McKenzie River is a bucket list experience for many outdoor adventurers. Fly-fishing, birding, kayaking or hiking along the river's edge provides a refreshing respite from urban living.

The McKenzie River Trail (MRT) is a favorite for families, avid hikers and mountain bikers. With many segments leading to shady fishing holes, sparkling pools and lush campgrounds, this pristine recreational trail system is a gem!

Drive or cycle the National Scenic Byways stopping to see covered bridges, waterfalls and the impressive and out-of-this-world Dee Wright Observatory. Enjoy an afternoon of golf in the cool mountain air. Soak in the warm, soothing water of natural hot springs. Poke around an artist's gallery, explore local museum collections and shop at country stores.

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The McKenzie River communities host some very special events every spring and summer. The Wooden Boat Festival takes place in the spring at Eagle Rock Lodge on the banks of the McKenzie River. The festival also includes the Wooden Drift Boat Parade on the "wild and scenic" designated river.

In the summer, smell the sweet scents of the Lavender Festival at the McKenzie River Lavender farm. The region is also host to the McKenzie River Arts Festival where wood carvers create intricate masterpieces using chainsaws.

In the winter, the scenic covered bridges glow with holiday light displays.

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