Thanks to the completion of the Santiam Pass in 1960, today's visitors will find it easy to explore the awesome majesty of the McKenzie River. While Highway 126 makes traveling much simpler than it was in pioneer days, the area remains 96% forested with Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar, so visitors enjoy an almost pristine outdoor experience. Anglers can catch spring Chinook salmon, mountain whitefish, as well as bull, red side and rainbow trout in the spring fed, icy waters of the river. Bird watchers will spot dippers, mergansers, bald eagles, ospreys, spotted owl and various species of water fowl as they feed on the fish. You'll also find covered bridges, hot springs, waterfalls and a variety of challenging road and mountain biking opportunities in the area.
Come explore the closest thing to heaven, visit the beautiful McKenzie River.
For a sneak peek of what to expect check out Grant's Getaways courtesy of Travel Oregon and KGW : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lw1cZ23Sjzo
The McKenzie River Chamber is the winner of the 2014 Partnership Award from Travel Lane County!
One of the largest opportunity for economic vitality is through tourism. The beauty of our surroundings is one of our greatest assets. We welcome visitors to discover McKenzie River, the trails and experience many of the fine activities offered by our communities.
Tourism Development ProgramIn 2011, the Chamber brought the Oregon Rural Tourism Program to McKenzie River. The following committees were formed from a series of workshops. You are welcome to join a committee.
For more information, contact Carol
McKenzie River Local food, agriculture, arts & crafts
McKenzie River Signature Events
24-7 Information Kiosk
Walterville Shopping Center
Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery, Leaburg
Blue Sky Market, Rainbow
Meyer's General Store, Blue River