Only Permitted Outfitters / Guides are authorized to operate commercially on the upper McKenzie River, under special use permit with the Willamette National Forest. Professional guides will provide the equipment, experience, knowledge and skills necessary to safely and enjoyably navigate the river.
See video for accessibility information about the river valley.
The navigable reach of the river begins at Olallie Boat Launch, located 11 miles east of McKenzie Bridge, OR, 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 (milepost 16), Paradise Campground (milepost 54), McKenzie Trailhead (milepost 52), McKenzie Bridge Campground (milepost 49), and Bruckart (milepost 45). The first two are east of the Highway 242 cutoff..
Several campgrounds that also include day use picnic areas are located along the river corridor.