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McKenzie River

McKenzie River

A trio of Class III rapids and nice scenery make this Salem favorite one of the state's most frequently paddled summertime rivers. When the flows are low on other rivers this one is still pumping.

From the put-in at Packsaddle Park off Highway 22, the river offers boulder-dodging and forested scenery. After passing below the Gates bridge, get ready for the most exciting stretch of river.

Spencer's Hole, Class III+, requires punching through a hole by running center-right into the rapid. Just downstream comes an island and a sweeping, left-to-right drop of Carnivore, Class III. The final rapid is Mill City Falls (Class III), a large drop below Mill City Bridge.

If you're kayaking, park your car and set up the take-out at Mill City Bridge. If you're rafting, take out a mile downstream at Fishermen's Bend Recreation Site boat ramp.

The paddle from Fishmen's Bend to the Mehema Bridge is also very nice, with easier Class II/III rapids.

~Credit:  Statesman Journal

Trip Pricing

Our full-day trips always include our great all-you-can-eat lunch. We only schedule full-day trips for groups of 4 or more and end our trip at mehema bridge.


The McKenzie River is located about 25-30 miles west of Salem, Oregon. Salem is about 45 miles south of Portland. Our half-day and full-day trips meet at two different locations. Once we reserve your trip, we will send specific directions to the meeting area.