The McKenzie is a beautiful, mid-sized river in northwest Oregon loaded with 8-14 inch redside rainbows, cutthroat, occasional cutt-bows and 6-10 pound steelhead to boot. Surrounded by forests, it is the birthplace of the renowned McKenzie drift boat, designed for stable fishing and a smooth ride in the white water rapids. The crystal clear McKenzie flows roughly 70 miles from its spring fed source near the crest of the Cascades Mountains with the majority of the river offering fantastic fishing. Floating in drift boats is the preferred approach, since wading can be treacherous.
The McKenzie River Guides Association has over 50 active professional river guides that are all certified by the State of Oregon and offer a safe and knowledgeable day or half day on the river. Debbie at Eagle Rock Lodge can book a guide for you during your stay or check out the guides on the association website at McKenzieGuides.com