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.

For current fire conditions:

On July 18, the second annual "Tour of the Aufderhiede"  bicycle race will begin at 8 a.m. on Forest Road 19 (Aufderhiede Drive) in Westfir. Watch for participants and congestion.  Posted July 14,2014

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 July 14, 2014

The top pool at Terwilliger Hot Springs is under closure order for repair due to hazardous slumping.   Posted July 14, 2014.

 

Road Conditions

Road Conditions (Highway 20 and 126 from west) from Tripcheck.com
Road Conditions (Highway 126 and 242 from east) from Tripcheck.com
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 to vehicle traffic.  Posted July 14, 2014
  • Forest Road 19 ( Aufderhiede Drive): Road 19 is completely passable to Westfir.  Watch for limbs and branches on the road, rocks and debris. Posted July 14, 2014
  • Forest Road 1993 mile post 3.8: A rock slide has closed the road to vehicle traffic. Posted July 14, 2014
  • Logging Operation traffic:  Deer Creek Road ( Forest RD 2654) and Olallie Road ( Forest RD 2657).  Posted July 14, 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: July 14, 2014

Campgrounds are now open for the season, including those in higher elevations.

Reservations are being accepted for the 2014 camping at recreation.gov  

  • 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 www.recreation.gov.

 

Trails

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

The Obsidian Trail is logged and snow free to the lava flow. Expect patchy snow drifts after the lava flow area.  Snow level is approximately 5800 feet.  Posted July 14, 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.

Obsidian Limited Entry Area Permits:  Advance reservations are now available only through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) at www.recreation.gov 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 and at Blue Sky Market ( formerly Harbick's Country Store) in Rainbow.

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

 

For current fire conditions:

 

Winter Recreation

 


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