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 through Friday. 

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

A river hazard has been reported on the McKenzie River 500 yards below Frissell Boat Launch. Watch out for a large tree spanning the river just below the the Frissell Bridge.  Posted November 7, 2014

A river hazard has been reported on the McKenzie River .25 miles below Paradise Boat Launch.  Watch for logs piled up on an old bridge pylon in the middle of the river.  High water hides the obstruction.  The far left channel was open as of 5/19/2014 at 2:00 p.m.  Posted November 7, 2014

The top pool at Terwilliger Hot Springs is under closure order for repair due to hazardous slumping.   Posted November 7, 2014


Winter Recreation


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 ) will close for the winter November 13th at 11am.  Posted November 13, 2014
  • Forest Road 19 ( Aufderhiede Drive): Timber sale along Forest Road 19 above Cougar Crossing and up to Box Canyon, expect some delays up to 20 min. Log trucks will be hauling along Rd 19 November through January. Posted November 13,2014 
  • Forest Road 408 ( Lingascher RD ) is open from Cougar to Finn Rock.  Posted November 7, 2014
  • Forest Road 15 ( Blue River Reservoir RD) Construction Rd 15 and spur roads off of Rd 15 up to Rd 1513 Posted November 7, 2014
  • Forest Road 1993 mile post 3.8: A rock slide has closed the road to vehicle traffic. Posted November 7, 2014
  • Forest Road 2618 will be closed to vehicle traffice from Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - November 7, 2014.  Posted November 7, 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: November 7, 2014

Campgrounds in open status:  Cougar Crossing ( FS Road 19); Look Out ( Blue River Reservoir); Trail Bridge ( Highway 126); Alder Springs, Scott Lake and  Lost Lake are open, but snow dependent.

  • 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.

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.

Obsidian Limited Entry Area Permits:  Advance reservations are now available only through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Visit  our Obsidian Limited Entry Permit Page for more information.

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; Blue Sky Market ( formerly Harbick's Country Store) in Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge General Store in McKenzie Bridge.

The new E-Pass ( NW Forest Pass for day use ) is available online at  Print it at home or on the road!


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