The upper portion of the McKenzie River is popular for fishing, rafting, drift-boating, and kayaking.
Fish in the river include bull trout, spring Chinook, rainbow trout and mountain whitefish. Watch for bald eagles, osprey, mergansers, dippers and a variety of ducks along the river corridor.
At a Glance
The navigable reach of the river begins at Olallie Boat Launch, 11 located miles east of McKenzie Bridge at Olallie Campground.
There are seven public boat launches located between Olallie Creek and Blue River. The Forest Service manages Olallie, Frissell, Paradise, McKenzie Bridge and Bruckart launches. No fees are required to use these launches.
Launch sites on the Upper McKenzie River are generally primitive. They are at Ollalie Campground (milepost 13), Frissell Carpenter (MP 16), Paradise Campground (MP 54), McKenzie Trailhead (MP 52), McKenzie Bridge Campground (MP 49), and Bruckart (MP 45). The first two are east of the Highway 242 cutoff, thus the milepost change.
Several campgrounds that also include day use picnic areas are located along the river corridor.
The 26.5-mile long McKenzie River National Recreation Trail closely follows the river.
Sanitation facilities are located at all boat launches; however, river users are asked to pack out all trash.