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  • 15 Jan 2018 6:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The McKenzie River Inn announces brand new retreats for 2018! Don't miss these exciting artistic events!

    Apr 27-29   McKenzie Driftboat Experience - with Bert de Klerk
    May 7-11    Five day course fly fishing with Bert de Klerk
    Jun 18-22   Cordwainer Shoes with Molly Grant|
    July 9-13    (double workshop with Handbag Retreat with Annie Margarita
                       and fly-fishing/Bert de Klerk)
    Jul 23-27     Couple's Retreat - Drawing floral patterns and leather, with
                       Steve Yezek, Bead looming, with Julie Yezek
    Aug 6-10     Oil painting the McKenzie Valley Retreat with Annie Margarita
    Aug 21-23   Couple's Retreat (double workshop with Painting the
                        McKenzie Valley with Annie Margarita and fly-fishing with Bert
                        de Klerk)
    Sep 10-14   Leatherwork Retreat with Ed Labarre
    Oct 9-12      Mule Shoes - with Richard Stapleman
    Oct 15-19    Handbags - with Molly



  • 02 Jun 2016 10:48 AM | Anonymous member

    Lane County is in the process of updating its Transportation System Plan. Lane County is currently refining and prioritizing the list of solutions alternatives.

    The last community workshops will be in Cottage Grove on 6/13. More information on the workshop and the comment form can be found here. The comment form can be mailed in as well. To learn more about the plan update, visit the Lane County TSP website by clicking here. Thank you in advance for helping the County prioritize transportation improvements.

  • 05 Nov 2013 7:38 PM | Anonymous member
    Eugene, Cascades & Coast
    Photo Contest  
    2013 Photo Contest Winners!

    Wooden Boat" by Rick Obst - 1st place winner

    "Autumn Awesome" by David Putzier - 2nd place winner 

    "Autumn Crossing" by David Putzier - 3rd place winner 

    "Lavender Beauty" by Traci Williamson - Honorable Mention 

    "McKenzie River Daytime" by Mike Shaw - Honorable Mention 

    Eugene Cascades & Coast

  • 11 Jun 2013 7:41 AM | Anonymous member
    Congratulations to Karen Rodgers, Manager, Wayfarer Resort
    Karen Rodgers of the Wayfarer Resort on the McKenzie River was honored for her contributions to the local visitor industry. Rodgers was particularly acknowledged for sharing her knowledge of and enthusiasm for the McKenzie River area with visitors, as well as her work on projects benefiting the region.

    by Jonnie Helfrich (2012 winner)
    Karen has worked tirelessly for years promoting our area and welcomes each guest with a warm smile and genuinely caring nature. Proud to work with her. Yea, Karen!

    Andy and Liz McWilliams, Karen and I noticed the lack of McKenzie River presence at this year's Eugene Cascades and Coast's Visitor Industry's Awards Banquet. There were four of us; it would take only four more to fill and sponsor one table next year. But, hey, why not two tables?

    For the second year in a row, the Hospitality Award has gone to one of our own. We should have had more folks there to support them, to bring attention to our area in a room full of people that could help make a difference in our exposure.

    Just sayin' … I'll be there next year. Who'll join me?

  • 25 May 2013 4:43 PM | Anonymous member

    Laura Crawford and Russ Roca of The Path Less Pedaled filming Kristin and Jake as they descend the two switchbacks on Dead Horse Grade.
    George A. Letchworth photo

    McKenzie “in the Middle”

    For full story click this link
    By George A. Letchworth
    McKenzie River Reflections

    Learn about the bikeways at:
  • 10 Sep 2012 6:00 AM | Anonymous
    Protecting The Legacy Of The McKenzie River Valley While Respecting Property Rights

    • Foster citizen education and communication regarding issues impacting the river and the river community. 
    • Foster citizen action to champion the river and the river community so that its legacy can be protected.

    McKenzie ClearWater Coalition Members

    Please mark you calendars and plan to participate in the following activities during the next two weeks. Your presence is needed to demonstrate to both the Watershed Council and the EWEB Commissioners that we are concerned and active in the stewardship of our drainage basin.

    --Will Rutherford, Chair

    McKenzie ClearWater Coalition

    Thursday, September 13

    McKenzie Watershed Council River Celebration

    The McKenzie Watershed Council’s annual McKenzie River Celebration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on September 13th at McKenzie Fire and Rescue’s Leaburg Training Center. The council will provide the main entrée, attendees should bring their favorite side dish, salad or desert. (9/6/12 River Reflections)

    Saturday, September 15

    Household Hazardous Waste Roundup

    9:00am-2:00pm -- McKenzie Fire and Rescue, VIDA STATION

    Bring paint, household clean­ers, lawn and garden chemicals, car care products, arts and crafts products, and just about any other household hazardous waste. The limit is 35 gallons of waste in total from each household. Check labels for words like flammable, corrosive, poison, caution, and danger. For your safety it is always best to carry these items in a separate compart­ment (like the trunk of your car) and boxed with lids secured to eliminate spills in transport. (9/6/12 River Reflections)

    Tuesday, September 18

    EWEB Board of Commissioners Meeting

    6:00pm -- McKenzie Fire and Rescue, LEABURG TRAINING CENTER

    The EWEB Board of Commissioners holds one meeting each year at the Leaburg location to make it easier for US to attend and participate! McKenzie Valley citizens are not represented by an elected commissioner, so we have no voice on the commission. The McKenzie ClearWater Coalition attempts to have a representative observe every meeting for the purpose of keeping our Coalition on top of current issues.

    PLEASE – Put this one on your calendar and plan to attend. We need to show EWEB that the McKenzie ClearWater Coalition is an involved organization with strong concerns about the stewardship of our drainage basin. The agenda will be finalized and distributed to McKenzie ClearWater Coalition members prior to the meeting.


    Receive informational updates and notices of upcoming meetings.

    Contact Correspondence Secretary: Nadine Scott or
    541-915-0807 (website under construction) 

    For the record: The Chamber strongly supports environmental stewardship - most of the McKenzie River businesses rely on the McKenzie River staying pure. 
  • 15 May 2012 10:20 AM | Anonymous member

    Proposal to designate a segment of Hwy 126 as an

    Oregon State Scenic Byway

    A sub-committee of the McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce is preparing a proposal to develop an Oregon State Scenic Byway from Hendrick's Wayside Park (milepost 11.4) east, to connect with Aufderheide Dr./West Cascades Scenic Byway (milepost 45.9)

    Pat Moran, ODOT's Scenic Byway program director outlined the benefits of preservation, increased highway maintenance and slight boost in tourism at a public meeting on June 14, 2012. The scenic byway does not restrict land use or zoning. Special enforcement is directed to prevent billboards and off premise outdoor signage. Existing business signage will be grandfathered in. New off-premise signs will not be allowed after designation.

    The Corridor Management Plan is scheduled to be submitted by this fall.


  • 28 Feb 2012 3:00 PM | Anonymous member
    As an outflow from the Rural Tourism Project and the networking we've done
    with both Travel Oregon and Travel Lane County we've been featured in a
    Grant's Getaway Video, with a promise to do another feature video of a Fall
    Colors McKenzie River Float!


    Thanks everyone,

    Chris LaVoie
  • 12 Dec 2011 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    The Bend Bullitin posted a travel article about the McKenzie - they even listed many of our businesses!  Posted in Nove 2011


    Grants Getaways did a video feature posted on Dec 8th


    A special thanks to everyone who has helped to increase the profile of the area - encouraging people to write about our area.  Special thanks to Trabvel Lane County Staff and Travel Oregon Staff for pushing Grant's Getaway's to feature us.  This is a direct result of the community working with these organizations - relationships matter!  Donating our time and resources collectively makes a difference.  If we did not participate in the Rural Tourism Workshop - the video feature would not have happened.     




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