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The beautiful McKenzie River Valley is a 68 mile long corridor
stretching between Sisters on the east and Springfield on the
west. Renowned for fishing, the McKenzie River supports spring
Chinook salmon, winter steelhead and summer steelhead as well
as native rainbow, cutthroat and bull trout. The high lakes have
been planted with brown and brook trout, making the McKenzie River
Valley a sportsman's paradise.
Take the McKenzie River Highway (Ore. 126) for sightseeing along
the valley. The first part of the valley has many nut and fruit
orchards (mainly filberts, apples and cherries), berries (such
as marionberry, blueberry and raspberry), mint farms and Christmas
tree farms. The Leaburg Dam, in the middle part of the valley,
is a good place to watch salmon and steelhead climbing a fish
ladder. The Leaburg Trout Hatchery is at this location. The McKenzie
Salmon Hatchery in Leaburg provides tours by appointment only.
The historical Leaburg Fish Hatchery is home to the McKenzie River
Chamber of Commerce and Information Center.
The middle McKenzie River is a favorite place for fishermen and
drift boaters. Since mild whitewater rafting and driftboat fishing
are favorite pastimes here, there are many outfitters and local
guides to help visitors experience their own adventures. The Goodpasture
Covered Bridge, 165 feet long, is the second longest covered bridge
standing in Oregon. Near Vida, it's easy to get to and photograph.
A second and equally scenic covered bridge is the Belknap Bridge,
located in the community of Rainbow. Ben & Kay Dorris Park,
also near Vida, has great picnic areas and fishing holes.
The Aufderheide Memorial Drive, part of the West Cascades National
Scenic Byway, has some of the most spectacular scenery in Oregon,
including the popular Terwilliger Hot Springs, the Delta Old Growth
Nature Trail, the Willamette River Gorge and the Westfir covered
bridge. The McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway
loop road is one of the most beautiful drives in Oregon. It winds
through some of the most recent volcanic flows in the state past
many waterfalls, and is home to the Dee Wright Observatory. This
CCC project, built mostly out of lava rock in the 1930s, has breath-taking
views of Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, the Three Sisters, and,
on clear days, Mt. Hood.
A hiker's paradise, the area features such trails as the 26 mile
McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, which is also open to
bicyclists, goes through many volcanic formations, the half mile
loop Delta Old-Growth Nature trail built for exploring the old
growth ecosystem, and the Robinson Lake Trail, which leads to
a heart-shaped lake with fishing and swimming.
As if the many recreational opportunities weren't enough, the
McKenzie River Area also has golfing, the U.S. Basketball Academy
in Blue River, fine dining and quality accommodations for travelers.
For a truly memorable vacation, visit the McKenzie River Valley