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.
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 6 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.