McKenzie is a classic mountain white water rafting river
in Oregon. Beginning on the slopes of the western Cascades
and flowing in crystal-clear, sparkling torrents through
lush, green forests down into the pastoral McKenzie Valley,
the McKenzie is possibly Oregon's most popular river due
to its beauty, proximity to Eugene and other Oregon cities,
the variety of whitewater, and superb trout and salmon
fishing. Also, the mountains around the river offer some
of the most scenic and varied hiking in the Pacific Northwest.
The most popular section for whitewater boaters is the
36 miles from Ollalie Campground to just above Leaburg
Dam. The upper stretch between Ollalie and Blue River
is a favorite for kayakers as it offers almost nonstop
rapids. The river downstream of Blue River takes on more
of a pool and drop character.