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McKenzie / Willamette River Tour – June 27th

June 27, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm


This tour is full.  Please take a look at other tours on out 2023 Tour Schedule!


10:30  –   Meet at Armitage Park  in Eugene.

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 3:00  –  Paddling further and optional skills practice.

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

60.00 Pay now at this link

This tour starts at Armitage.  Look for the Lane County Parks Sign.  Parking fee is $4.  Paddling from here to Christensen’s Landing is about 9 river miles.  Along the way there is a great stop at Green Island to enjoy lunch and check out the restoration work that’s underway by the McKenzie River Trust. 

McKenzie River near Armitage


The Willamette River is such a rewarding place to paddle.  After the swiftwater passes through the Eugene / Springfield area it becomes more open and forgiving.  Heading North of the urban area the river enters the historic floodplain.  Over time the main channel has had a tendency to change course in different spots.  So each Spring we never know what to expect downriver.  While the current mellows out on this section of the river there are still some challenges to consider.  Most notably are the strainers (trees in the channel).  There are also a few eddylines that can capsize small boats if the paddler isn’t ready for them.

With so many river miles on the Willamette Water Trail, it’s hard to select where to go!     McKenzie River Trust. map below shows how the historic McKenzie River channel has shifted around over time.


June 27, 2023
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Armitage Park
90064 Coburg Rd.
Eugene, OR 97408 United States
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