Water Sports

Yes, we do get rain here — which along with snow melt feeds a tremendous number of lakes, rivers and creeks as the water rushes to the Pacific Ocean. The result is some pretty spectacular water sports!

Find guides, gear and where to go for rafting, paddling, fishing, boating, sailing and swimming. From lakes to rivers to the Pacific Ocean, there are plenty of options.

A family puts their canoe in the water before getting in to paddle.
: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Kayaking, Canoeing & SUP

Kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) are popular water sports across the region. Find a list of the…

Woman Fly Fishing on the McKenzie River
: Melanie Ryan Griffin


Where to fish Oregon's rivers, lakes and ocean shore lines.

Jet Boat Tours

Race up one of the region's larger rivers, cruise across a lake or charge ocean waves in a jet boat. Guaranteed to…

Water Sports & Experiences

Where To Paddle, Fish And Swim

Life Jacket Lending Program

Life jackets are required by law for all occupants in a boat, raft or kayak. Children under the age of 12 must wear them. The McKenzie Fire and Rescue and the McKenzie River Guides Association's seasonal Life Jacket Lending Program loan life jackets from nine locations along the McKenzie River. So there is no excuse for unsafe boating!

What is Algae Bloom?

When water levels are low and weather is warm, some still lakes, ponds and waterways can develop toxic algae. This green or colorful scum is harmful to pets and people — please don't swim, fish or recreate in water impacted with bloom.

While this condition can impact any body of water, our most vulnerable and popular water destinations to watch include Fern Ridge Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, Dorena Reservoir, Fall Creek Reservoir, Hills Creek Reservoir, Cougar Reservoir, Cottage Cover Reservoir, Siltcoos Lake, Golden Garden Ponds, Walterville Pond and Odell Lake. Check with the Oregon Health Authority for current advisories.