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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

McKenzie River

We are so grateful for the fearless work of fire crews, the dedication of volunteers, the support… More Info

Feel the exhilarating tingle of fresh air and rushing water as you journey into the Cascade Mountains along the McKenzie River. Revel in the solitude among sun-soaked old-growth forests, then find camaraderie in the half dozen riverside communities.


  • Grab some comfort food at Takoda's.
  • Feel the thundering spray from massive falls along a waterfall trail loop.
  • Identify over a dozen snow-capped mountain peaks presiding over a gleaming obsidian landscape.
  • Have a pint of local brew on the back patio at Obsidian Grill and soak in the sunshine or warm up by a fire pit. 
  • Watch chainsaw-wielding artists transform stumps into intricate sculptures.
  • Ride the crystal clear rapids of the McKenzie River.
  • Pedal up and over McKenzie Pass between melting snowdrifts.
  • Soak in a hot spring-fed swimming pool above the McKenzie River.
  • Wade in waist-deep to fly fish along gentle river stretches.
  • Infuse your afternoon with the scent of fresh lavender from nearby fields and bring some home to remember your trip.

Lavender Festival, McKenzie River by Thomas Moser

Relax at the Lodge

Another great thing about the McKenzie River are the numerous yet secluded riverfront lodges, cabins and campgrounds. Most of the lodging is snug along waterways or tucked up into woodsy acreage. Reserve a collection of cabins for a large group reunion or sneak away from everything to a cozy B&B.

From luxurious lodges to sleeping under the stars in a wooded campground, there are plenty of places to stay. 

McKenzie River Trail (MRT) by Jody Trendler
Hike or mountain bike the MRT, a 26.5 mile (43 km) path through the lush forest.… More Info
Dee Wright Observatory
Amid the lava fields, discover this unique landmark and mountain peak observatory.… More Info
Belknap Hot Springs by Josh Alder
Soak in a hot spring-fed pool at this riverfront resort. Day passes and locker room with showers.… More Info
McKenzie General Obsidian Grill by Colin Morton
So much more than a general store. This grill & bar serves local, organic meals. Join the Mckenzie community on the back patio for games and… More Info
Goodpasture Covered Bridge, McKenzie River - Cascades, Dawn by David Putzier
A picturesque and historic gem spanning the McKenzie River and easily sighted from Highway 126.… More Info
Golf Boarding at Tokatee Golf Club
Golf in an amazing mountain setting. Better yet, ride GolfBoards!… More Info
Sahalie Falls by David Putizer
This gushing waterfall is a spectacular side stop.… More Info
Food Trail Cornmaze with logo by Joni Kabana
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