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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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Water Activities

Fishing on the McKenzie River by Greg YamadaYou've probably heard it's wet here! And yes, we do get seasonal rain 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.


  • Shoot the rapids or cast out a line on the world-famous McKenzie River
  • Float gently down the Willamette River right through Eugene-Springfield
  • Sail across Fern Ridge Reservoir
  • Pull up a crab net from the docks in Florence
  • Water ski at Dorena Reservoir in Cottage Grove
  • Row across Dexter Reservoir during a championship regatta
  • Paddle the Siltcoos River water trail through coastal wetlands and sand dunes
  • Tube the wave pool in Springfield
  • Swim in Waldo Lake, one of the clearest lakes in the world


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!

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