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 have not changed significantly. Conditions cited below are the last reported. Click to return to forest-wide current conditions.

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We love to hear from you! If you want to report trail or campground conditions, or to let us know about your visit, please feel free to email, call or visit the station.

Ranger Station hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed on all federal holidays.

For more information call 541.822.3381 or email McKenzie River Ranger District


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


There are no reported river hazards at this time on the McKenzie River above Leaburg Dam.

Date: October 6, 2016

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)


Highway 242 (Old McKenzie Highway): Highway OPEN through to Sisters, OR to vehicles under 35 feet in length. This is a narrow, winding road; please use caution when traveling; this road is not recommended for large recreational vehicles. 

Forest Road 19 (Aufderhiede Drive): OPEN. Road work activities may cause delays. Hauling and logging activity at spur 408.

Forest Service Road 2600-740; Forest Service Road 2600-743; CLOSED to public from Highway 126 due to the Blue Top fire.

Forest Road 15-500 to Highway 126 (Blue River Reservoir Rd.): Heavy hauling, logging activity.

Forest Road 1993 mile post 3.8: A rockslide has closed the road to vehicle traffic.

Forest Road 480 (Road to Castle Rock Trailhead): Heaving logging and hauling activity may cause delays (should be no more than 20 minutes). 

West King Road at Belknap Covered Bridge: CLOSED August 15-November 17. Use McKenzie River Drive to Hwy 126 to Cougar Dam Road to West King Road.

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

Date: October 6, 2016

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 have 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.

McKenzie River Trail: The entire length of the McKenzie River Trail is now open. Areas east of Blue Pool remain closed. For more information, click here

Obsidian Limited Entry Area Permits:  Advance reservations are now ONLY available 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.

Date: October 6, 2016

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

List of all campgrounds and day use sites in the McKenzie Santiam Travel Corridor with scheduled open/close dates, fees and key amenities.

Terwilliger Hot Springs:  Fees at Terwilliger Hot Springs are $6.00 per person for a day pass (can pay onsite) and $70 for an annual pass. Fee area includes hot springs, trail, lagoon, and parking.


Before you plan an activity on the Forest, please be sure to check whether you need a permit or pass. Information about Recreation Passes.


Fire Information



Snow Levels from Natural Resources Conservation Services Snotel website

Santiam Winter Recreation Page