McKenzie River Ranger District Recreation Updates


Remember, conditions can change rapidly, especially in wilderness areas and any time in winter.

We update the conditions report weekly (approximately).

  • If you don't see an update for a particular week, it probably means that conditions haven't changed significantly.
  • Conditions cited below are the last reported.

For more information: call 541.822.3381 or e-mail McKenzie River Ranger District

General Updates and Conditions

Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday throught Friday. 

Local weather  for McKenzie River Travel Corridor near the Ranger Station.

Highway 242 ( Old McKenzie Hwy)  is now open from  the west side to the second snow gate at Alder Springs campground.  Posted April 18, 2014


Winter Recreation

Sno-Park Conditions: Snow is melting fast in area sno-parks.  We have lost about 15 inches of snow and Spring conditions are setting in!  Posted: April 18, 2014


Road Conditions

Road Conditions (Highway 20 and 126 from west) from
Road Conditions (Highway 126 and 242 from east) from
Road Cams (US 20 at Santiam Pass and US at Santiam Junction)

Watch for hazards, construction and closures on these Forest Service roads. Construction completion dates are approximate.

  • Highway 242 ( Old McKenzie Highway ) is now open 11 miles up to the second snow gate at Alder Springs campground.  Posted April 18, 2014
  • Road work through the end of April on Foley and Horse Creek Roads; Forest Road 19 ( Aufderheide Drive). Posted April 18, 2014
  • Forest Road 19 ( Aufderhiede Drive): Road 19 is completely passable.  Watch for debris and use of high clearance vehicles is advised. Posted April 18, 2014
  • Forest Road 1993 mile post 3.8: A rock slide has closed the road to vehicle traffic. Posted April 18, 2014
  • Logging Operation traffic:  Deer Creek Road ( Forest RD 2654).  Posted April 18, 2014 

Please refer to the Willamette National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map for Seasonal and Special Use Designation on the McKenzie River Ranger District.

Call 541.822.3381 or e-mail McKenzie River Ranger District for information on specific roads.


Campgrounds & Day Use Sites

Date: April 18, 2014

Reservations are being accepted for the 2014 camping at  

Campgrounds opening schedule for April 2014

  • Delta   April 18
  • Look Out   April 18
  • McKenzie Bridge   April 18
  • Olallie   April 18
  • Slide Creek   April 18
  • Sunnyside   April 18
  • Trail Bridge   April 27

Cougar Crossing is open year round.

  • Terwilliger Hot Springs:  Fees at Terwilliger Hot Springs are $6 per person for a day pass (can pay onsite) and  $60  for an annual pass. Fee area includes hot springs, trail, lagoon, and parking.
  • List of all campgrounds and day use sites in the McKenzie Santiam Travel Corridor with scheduled open/close dates, fees and key amenities.

Campground and cabin reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service, by calling the toll-free number: 1-877-444-6777 or online to



Trail conditions change more in spring and fall following changing snow levels.We clear the low elevation, popular trails first.

  • McKenzie River Trail is now clear of debris and blow down between the ranger station and Trail Bridge campground. The trail is reported as being a bit muddy in places.  Posted April 18, 2014
  • Delta Nature Trail is open and clear.  Posted April 18,2014
  • King Castle trail is clear and snow free.  Posted April 18, 2014
  • Rainbow Falls trail is open and clear.   Posted April 18, 2014
  • Castle Rock trail is open, but winter debris has not been removed.  Posted April 18, 2014

Trail Conditions Summary for McKenzie River Ranger District 
This summary lists all the trails on the district with a brief condition description and date for the trails that we've worked on. We do not have condition information for every trail.
Please see the Date Reported column for the most recent condition information we have on a particular trail.

 Obisidian Area is Now Closed for the Season


Pass Information

In addition to Forest Service offices, the Northwest Forest Pass ( $5.00 daily and $30.00 annually) can be purchased at all area Bi-Mart Stores and REI Sporting Goods stores. The NW Forest Pass may also be purchased through local vendors: Mather's Market in Cedar Flat near Springfield; Leaburg Country Store; Meyer's General Store in Blue River and at Blue Sky Market ( formerly Harbick's Country Store) in Rainbow.


For current fire conditions:

For more information: call 541.822.3381
or e-mail McKenzie River Ranger District