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McKenzie River – Deerhorn – August 15th

August 15, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm


10:30 to 11:30 –  Orientation, Instruction & Outfitting.

11:00 to 12:00  – Paddle along the moving water while learning some skills.

12:00 to 1:00  –  Lunch and talk about local natural history.

1:00 to 2:30  –  Paddling further and optional skills practice.

2:30 to 3:00  — Shuttle vehicles to and from take out.

60.00 Pay now at this link

This tour starts at Deerhorn Park.  This is a Lane County Park with a $4 parking fee.  Look for this sign!  We plan to paddle from here to Hendricks Bridge Wayside, about 7 miles downstream.  Along the way we will improve our boating skills in time for the Class II rapids just before the take out.  Lovely scenery with plenty of birding in this section of the river.

The McKenzie River is a clean, clear and cold drainage coming off the flanks of Oregon’s cascade volcanoes.  After challenging rapids up river it begins to level out around Deerhorn Park.  It starts to become braided with many islands to paddle around.  This section is perfect for us to enjoy because it’s difficulty level is ideal for paddlers with some experience and it’s not too far from town.

Shallow riffles on a hot day.
Downstream from Deerhorn


Deerhorn to Hendrick’s Bridge map


August 15, 2023
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Deerhorn Park
Bridge St. and Holden Creek
Springfield, OR 97478 United States
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