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Olallie Campground to Paradise Campground Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the McKenzie River

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Olallie Campground to Paradise Campground Info
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Put In:  Olallie Campground
Take Out:  Paradise Campground
Difficulty:  Class III
Gradient:  55 ft/mi
Run Length:  8.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  1050 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - MCKENZIE R BLW TRAIL BR DAM NR BELKNAP SPRINGS, OR, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  503-261-9246; McKenzie River at Trail Bridge.
Good Level:  700 - 5,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 
Permit:  None required.
Character/Similar To:  Continuous class III in a narrow forested canyon.
Hazards:  Possible log hazards, it's a good idea to scout Fish Ladder Rapid, cold water.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  First 5 miles is all National Forest; then mixed public and private.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  US Forest Service and private campgrounds along the river.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 67 miles South of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: East of Eugene, Oregon Highway 126 follows the McKenzie River providing several accesses. To reach Olallie Campground follow Hwy 126 about 13 miles east of McKenzie Bridge.

Take Out: The take out at Paradise Campground is located about 4 miles east of McKenzie Bridge on Hwy 126.

Olallie Campground to Paradise Campground on the McKenzie River

This section of river offers continuous class III whitewater and great scenery. Always check at the put-in and take-out for notices about wood. The run is mostly read and run with one rapid that should be scouted on your first run down.

Mile 4(Fishladder Rapid): To scout this class III rapid pull off the highway at mile post 16 and take a short walk to the river. This rapid is also easy to notice from the river. Once you float under the power lines the river will take a sharp left turn and you will arrive at the top of the rapid. Enter this drop right of center and work left.

Mile 8.5(Take out): Take out at Paradise Campground on river left. If this section is to short you can take out at any of the many boat launch or campground areas further down river.

Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

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