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

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Paradise Campground to Blue River Info
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Put In:  Paradise CG
Take Out:  Forest Glen Boat Landing at Blue River
Difficulty:  Class II +
Gradient:  33 ft/mi
Run Length:  14 miles
Current Streamflow:  3350 cfs @ 02/23/2007 04:45 PM - MCKENZIE RIVER ABOVE SOUTH FORK, NEAR RAINBOW, OR, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  503-261-9246. McKenzie River at Vida.
Good Level:  1,000 - 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:  Pool drop class II in a forested canyon.
Hazards:  Possible log hazards, cold water.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  US Forest Service and private campgrounds along the river.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 80 miles South of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: East of Eugene, Oregon Highway 126 follows the McKenzie River providing several access. Paradise Campground is located about 4 miles east of McKenzie Bridge on Hwy 126.

Take Out: The Blue River access is also known as Forest Glenn Boat Landing. Located just off Hwy 126 about 1/3 of a mile upstream from the confluence with the Blue River.

Paradise Campground to Blue River on the McKenzie River

The nature of the river changes dramatically after Paradise Campground. Unlike the very continuous upper section, the lower section is class II pool drop. This section of the river gives intermediate paddlers time to enjoy the scenery in between each rapid. The most memorable rapid on this section is called “Bump”. This rapid consist of a large hole on river right that can be easily avoided. For rafters this is a great place to get wet. Mckenzie Bridge Campground marks the top of this rapid. Near the end of the run look for Redsides Hole, this is a great place to stop and play and turn this section of river into a long day. Take out at Forest Glenn Boat Landing on river right.

Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

Towns near Paradise Campground to Blue River Kayaking

Albany Oregon
Bend Oregon
Eugene Oregon
Gresham Oregon
Lebanon Oregon
Redmond Oregon
Salem Oregon
Sisters Oregon
Springfield Oregon
Sunriver Oregon

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