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McKenzie-River begins high in the Cascade Mountains and flows westward parallel to Highway 126 on its way to meet the Willamette River near the town of Springfield. The McKenzie River is approximately 45 minutes east of Eugene and is near small towns such as Blue River and Vida. This beautiful, sparkling river is popular for white water rafting, fishing and is a favorite among photographers. It runs along a 68-mile long corridor, and supports Chinook Salmon, Rainbow Trout, winter steelhead and summer steelhead, cutthroat and bull trout, and the high lakes of the region have brown and brook trout. No wonder its a fisherman's paradise! There are also several state parks along the McKenzie River, including the Ben and Kay Dorris State Park, which offers fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking opportunities. The McKenzie River Valley Highway travels through peaceful nut and fruit orchards, Christmas tree farms, and the Leaburg Dam and the Leaburg Trout Hatchery are located in the middle part of the valley. The middle river is also popular for "driftboat fishing." You can also take the Aufderheide Memorial Drive which is part of the West Cascades National Scenic Byway and is one of the most spectacular drives in Oregon. Hiking and biking are popular along the 26-mile McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, which takes you through volcanic formations, and the half-mile loop Delta Old-Growth Nature Trail. It ends at the Robinson Lake Trail, which leads to a heart-shaped lake that allows fishing and swimming. Other activities in the McKenzie River area include golf, shopping and fine dining.

Surrounding areas: Sweet Home, Oregon (26.2 mi)

McKenzie River Vacation Rentals

McKenzie River Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Motel 6 #4183752 International CTEugene, OR4.0 mi.(541) 741-1105
Best Western Grand Manor Inn971 Kruse WaySpringfield, OR4.3 mi.(800) 626-1900
Comfort Suites969 Kruse WaySpringfield, OR4.3 mi.(541) 746-5359
Quality Inn & Suites3550 Gateway StSpringfield, OR4.3 mi.(541) 726-9266
Courtyard By Marriott Eugene/Springfield3443 Hutton StSpringfield, OR4.4 mi.(541) 726-2121
Holiday Inn Express-eugene/springfield3480 Hutton StSpringfield, OR4.4 mi.(541) 746-8471
Ramada Inn Eugene225 Coburg RdEugene, OR4.5 mi.(800) 917-5500
Red Lion Hotel Eugene205 Coburg RdEugene, OR4.5 mi.(541) 342-5201
Motel Orleans3315 Gateway StSpringfield, OR4.5 mi.(541) 746-1314
Shilo Inn Eugene3350 GatewaySpringfield, OR4.7 mi.(541) 641-6565
Eugene/Springfield Residence Inn By Marriott25 Club RdEugene, OR4.8 mi.(541) 342-7171
La Quinta Inn & Suites155 Day Island RdEugene, OR4.9 mi.(541) 344-8335
Eugene Hilton Hotel66 E Sixth AveEugene, OR5.1 mi.(541) 342-2000
Crossland520 Harlow RdSpringfield, OR5.1 mi.(541) 741-3908
Valley River Inn1000 Vly River WayEugene, OR5.2 mi.(541) 743-1000
Phoenix Inn Eugene850 Franklin BlvdEugene, OR5.4 mi.(800) 344-0131
Excelsior Inn & Breakfast754 E 13TH AveEugene, OR5.7 mi.(541) 342-6963
Hampton Inn3780 W 11th AveEugene, OR5.8 mi.(541) 431-1225
Franklin Inn1857 Franklin BlvdEugene, OR5.9 mi.(541) 342-4804
Motel 63690 Glenwood DrEugene, OR7.0 mi.(541) 687-2395
Motel Orleans345 E Oregon AveCreswell, OR15.1 mi.(541) 895-3341
Travelodge33180 Hwy 228Halsey, OR17.9 mi.(541) 369-2804
Cottage Grove Comfort Inn845 Gtwy BlvdCottage Grove, OR22.8 mi.(541) 942-9747
Holiday Inn Express1601 Gtwy BlvdCottage Grove, OR22.8 mi.(541) 942-1000
Village Green Resort Hotel725 Row Riv RdCottage Grove, OR22.8 mi.(541) 942-2491
Valley Inn2885 S Santiam HwyLebanon, OR29.0 mi.(541) 258-8184
Bed & Breakfast
Getty's Emerald Garden Bed & Breakfast640 Audel AveEugene, OR3.4 mi.(541) 688-6344

McKenzie River Weather & Climate

The McKenzie River Area enjoys a generally mild climate with an average temperature of 53 degrees, mild winters, long growing seasons, and very few drastic weather elements. The area usually experiences sunny, mild summers that continue into October. The majority of rain falls in the winter and early spring months. It rarely snows in the McKenzie River Region, but during winter, snow may occasionally dust the foothills and skiing is available in the mountains at Willamette Pass. Depending on snow conditions, the Pass can be open from Thanksgiving to April. Summertime temperatures are generally in the 80s with cool evenings, although the region can experience a week or so of higher temps in the 90s or even 100s.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 33°F 7.65 in. -
February 50°F 34°F 6.35 in. -
March 55°F 36°F 5.80 in. -
April 60°F 38°F 3.66 in. -
May 66°F 42°F 2.66 in. -
June 73°F 47°F 1.53 in. -
July 81°F 50°F 0.64 in. -
August 81°F 50°F 0.99 in. -
September 76°F 46°F 1.54 in. -
October 64°F 40°F 3.35 in. -
November 52°F 37°F 8.44 in. -
December 45°F 33°F 8.29 in. -

McKenzie River Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Mahlon Sweet Field (EUG) located about 5 miles west of McKenzie River in Eugene, Oregon, the Corvallis Municipal airport (CVO) located approximately 27 miles northwest of McKenzie River in Corvallis, Oregon, Mcnary Field (SLE) located roughly 54 miles north of McKenzie River in Salem, Oregon, the Newport Municipal airport (ONP) located around 56 miles northwest of McKenzie River in Newport, Oregon, the Mc Minnville Municipal airport (MMV) located about 73 miles north of McKenzie River in Mcminnville, Oregon, and finally the North Bend Municipal airport (OTH) located approximately 75 miles southwest of McKenzie River in North Bend, Oregon.

McKenzie River Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Enchanted ForestTurnerOR50.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Oakway Golf CourseEugeneOR3.7 mi.
Fiddlers Green Golf CourseEugeneOR5.4 mi.
Laurelwood Golf CourseEugeneOR5.4 mi.
Riveridge Golf CourseEugeneOR5.4 mi.
Emerald Valley Golf ClubCreswellOR15.5 mi.
Diamond Woods Golf CourseMonroeOR15.7 mi.
McKenzie River Golf CourseWaltervilleOR19.1 mi.
Hidden Valley Golf CourseCottage GroveOR23.4 mi.
Middlefield Village Golf CourseCottage GroveOR23.4 mi.
Mallard Creek Golf CourseLebanonOR29.7 mi.
Pineway Golf ClubLebanonOR29.7 mi.
Marysville Golf CourseCorvallisOR29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Willamette PassEugeneOR5.2 mi.
Mount BachelorBendOR89.0 mi.
Cooper SpurPortlandOR98.8 mi.
Mount Hood MeadowsPortlandOR98.8 mi.
Mount Hood SkibowlGovernment CampOR105.0 mi.
State Parks
Washburne State ParkOR12.6 mi. 
Jasper State ParkOR14.3 mi. 
Alderwood State ParkOR15.7 mi. 
Blachly Mountain Forest State ParkOR18.7 mi. 
Elijah Bristow State ParkOR20.4 mi. 
Dexter State ParkOR20.9 mi. 
Lowell State ParkOR21.1 mi. 
Fall Creek Reservoir State ParkOR22.2 mi. 
Bowers Rocks State ParkOR33.7 mi. 
Cascadia State ParkOR36.3 mi. 
Elk Creek Tunnel Forest State ParkOR38.6 mi. 
University of Oregon Museum of ArtEugeneOR5.2 mi.(Art)
Guy Leabo MuseumCottage GroveOR22.8 mi.(History)
Earth Art InkCorvallisOR31.3 mi.(Art)
Oregon State Archives Online ExhibitSalemOR56.6 mi.(History)
Hallie Ford Museum of ArtSalemOR56.6 mi.(Art)
A.C. Gilbert's Discovery VillageSalemOR56.6 mi.(Children's)
Zoos and Aquariums
Wildlife SafariWinstonOR71.0 mi.
Oregon ZooPortlandOR98.8 mi.

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