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The Upper McKenzie River Guidebook

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The Upper McKenzie River Guidebook

Local Recreation and Outfitters
"Everyone Welcome!" This 18-hole course is golf in the rugged outdoors with straightforward holes that are enhanced by sparkling views of the Three Sisters Mountains and the use of native ponds and streams. Tokatee Golf Club is easily walkable, family friendly, and consistently ranked in the "Best Courses in Oregon" by Golf Digest.
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Tokatee Golf Club
54947 McKenzie Highway
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"Everyone Welcome!" This 18-hole course is golf in the rugged outdoors with straightforward holes that are enhanced by sparkling views of the Three Sisters Mountains and the use of native ponds and streams. Tokatee Golf Club is easily walkable, family friendly, and consistently ranked in the "Best Courses in Oregon" by Golf Digest.
Rafting Guides, Mountain Bike Rentals and Shuttle, & Paddleboard Rentals: Offering half-day or full-day family friendly rafting adventures that are great for beginners. Float with experienced guides that know how to navigate the thrilling whitewater rapids to maximize your enjoyment without compromising on safety. Also offers a range of high-quality mountain bikes and helmets for daily rental including kids sizes. Also offer mountain bike shuttles to and from several of the most popular biking trails in the area. Also offer inflatable paddleboard rentals, meaning they’re easy to transport in any kind of car. Rentals also include dry bag, wetsuits, booties, personal floatation device and advice for the best lakes and reservoirs to explore in the area.
Horse Creek Lodge & Outfitters
56228 Delta Dr
Rafting Guides, Mountain Bike Rentals and Shuttle, & Paddleboard Rentals: Offering half-day or full-day family friendly rafting adventures that are great for beginners. Float with experienced guides that know how to navigate the thrilling whitewater rapids to maximize your enjoyment without compromising on safety. Also offers a range of high-quality mountain bikes and helmets for daily rental including kids sizes. Also offer mountain bike shuttles to and from several of the most popular biking trails in the area. Also offer inflatable paddleboard rentals, meaning they’re easy to transport in any kind of car. Rentals also include dry bag, wetsuits, booties, personal floatation device and advice for the best lakes and reservoirs to explore in the area.
Nordic and Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and tubing offered at Oregon’s most centrally located mountain destination for winter sports.
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Hoodoo Ski Area
27400 Big Lake Road
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Nordic and Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and tubing offered at Oregon’s most centrally located mountain destination for winter sports.
Open 365 days a year with two mineral hot springs fed soaking pools and many acres of gardens to explore.
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Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge and Gardens.
59296 Belknap Hot Springs Rd
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Open 365 days a year with two mineral hot springs fed soaking pools and many acres of gardens to explore.
Offering one-day or multiple-day classic McKenzie River Style Drift Boat fishing trips. Guides have extensive knowledge of casting and entomology as well as the river. Trips can be tailored to your skill and desired experience. Whitewater rafting trips are also offered.
Helfrich River Outfitters
42091 McKenzie Highway
Offering one-day or multiple-day classic McKenzie River Style Drift Boat fishing trips. Guides have extensive knowledge of casting and entomology as well as the river. Trips can be tailored to your skill and desired experience. Whitewater rafting trips are also offered.
Local Restaurants
-Serving: Lunch and Dinner - Cuisine: Casual American pub with bar - Specialties: Pizza, sandwiches, salad bar - Seating: Indoor and outdoor courtyard - Amenities: Gift shop - Location: Rainbow, 10 miles upriver from Cabin.
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Takoda's Restaurant
91806 Mill Creek Road
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-Serving: Lunch and Dinner - Cuisine: Casual American pub with bar - Specialties: Pizza, sandwiches, salad bar - Seating: Indoor and outdoor courtyard - Amenities: Gift shop - Location: Rainbow, 10 miles upriver from Cabin.
-Serving: Lunch and Dinner -Cuisine: Casual American pub and grill with bar -Specialties: Fresh, high quality, locally sourced organic ingredients. -Seating: Indoor, large outdoor courtyard -Amenities: Live music and entertainment, firepit, lawn games. Located in Mckenzie Bridge, 14 miles upriver from Cabin.
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McKenzie General Store & Obsidian Grill Restaurant
91837 Taylor Road
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-Serving: Lunch and Dinner -Cuisine: Casual American pub and grill with bar -Specialties: Fresh, high quality, locally sourced organic ingredients. -Seating: Indoor, large outdoor courtyard -Amenities: Live music and entertainment, firepit, lawn games. Located in Mckenzie Bridge, 14 miles upriver from Cabin.
-Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner -Cuisine: Casual American -Specialties: Home cooked goodness including hand-breaded chicken fried steak, homemade gravy, and desserts made from scratch. -Seating: Indoor -Amenities: Trivia cards at every table -Location: Vida, 10 miles downriver.
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Vida Cafe
45641 McKenzie Hwy
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-Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner -Cuisine: Casual American -Specialties: Home cooked goodness including hand-breaded chicken fried steak, homemade gravy, and desserts made from scratch. -Seating: Indoor -Amenities: Trivia cards at every table -Location: Vida, 10 miles downriver.
Castle Rock Grill, Cocktails, and Catering -Serving: Lunch, and Dinner -Cuisine: Fast Casual American grill with full bar -Specialties: Burgers, Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Cocktails. -Seating: Indoor and outdoor patio -Amenities: Outstanding views of the Three Sisters. -Location: Blue River, 4 miles upriver.
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Tokatee Golf Club
54947 McKenzie Highway
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Castle Rock Grill, Cocktails, and Catering -Serving: Lunch, and Dinner -Cuisine: Fast Casual American grill with full bar -Specialties: Burgers, Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Cocktails. -Seating: Indoor and outdoor patio -Amenities: Outstanding views of the Three Sisters. -Location: Blue River, 4 miles upriver.
-Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner -Cuisine: Vintage food cart café -Specialties: Breakfast burritos, wraps, salads, soup, rice bowls, luau plates, shakes, malts, smoothies, and organic espresso drinks. -Seating: Limited outdoor seating -Amenities: Fire pit -Location: Blue River, 4 miles upriver from Cabin.
Indigo Cafe
51668 Blue River Dr
-Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner -Cuisine: Vintage food cart café -Specialties: Breakfast burritos, wraps, salads, soup, rice bowls, luau plates, shakes, malts, smoothies, and organic espresso drinks. -Seating: Limited outdoor seating -Amenities: Fire pit -Location: Blue River, 4 miles upriver from Cabin.
-Serving: Lunch and Dinner -Cuisine: Casual American pub, deli, & grill with full bar & espresso. -Specialties: In-house smoked meats, burgers, and sandwiches. -Seating: Indoor and outdoor patio -Amenities: Gift Shop -Location: McKenzie Bridge, 14 miles upriver from cabin.
Mckenzie Station Restaurant, Bar & Espresso
56393 McKenzie Highway
-Serving: Lunch and Dinner -Cuisine: Casual American pub, deli, & grill with full bar & espresso. -Specialties: In-house smoked meats, burgers, and sandwiches. -Seating: Indoor and outdoor patio -Amenities: Gift Shop -Location: McKenzie Bridge, 14 miles upriver from cabin.
Local Stores
True general store offering staples as well as local products: grains, granola, honey, gourmet chocolate, local dairy, chai tea, black popcorn, organic seasonal produce, gourmet cheeses, cured meats, micro brews, and wine. Home to the Obsidian Grill. Located in Mckenzie Bridge, 14 miles upriver from cabin.
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McKenzie General Store & Obsidian Grill Restaurant
91837 Taylor Road
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True general store offering staples as well as local products: grains, granola, honey, gourmet chocolate, local dairy, chai tea, black popcorn, organic seasonal produce, gourmet cheeses, cured meats, micro brews, and wine. Home to the Obsidian Grill. Located in Mckenzie Bridge, 14 miles upriver from cabin.
One-stop shop that offers a little bit of everything: gas, diesel, propane, hot deli, snacks, groceries, produce, beer and wine, ice, hardware, gifts, firewood, RV supplies, visitor information center, Forest Service passes, and fishing and hunting supplies and licenses. Located in Rainbow, 10 miles upriver.
Blue Sky Market with Shell
91808 Mill Creek Rd
One-stop shop that offers a little bit of everything: gas, diesel, propane, hot deli, snacks, groceries, produce, beer and wine, ice, hardware, gifts, firewood, RV supplies, visitor information center, Forest Service passes, and fishing and hunting supplies and licenses. Located in Rainbow, 10 miles upriver.
Convenience store offering gas, some groceries, hardware, cold drinks, beer, and wine. Located in Vida, 10 miles downriver from cabin.
Everyone's Market Vida
45602 McKenzie Hwy
Convenience store offering gas, some groceries, hardware, cold drinks, beer, and wine. Located in Vida, 10 miles downriver from cabin.
Convenience store offering liquor, basic groceries, and fishing tackle. Located in Blue River, 4 miles upriver from cabin.
Meyer's General Store & Liquor
51748 Cascade St
Convenience store offering liquor, basic groceries, and fishing tackle. Located in Blue River, 4 miles upriver from cabin.
Christmas gifts, decorations, décor, and old world charm. Open not only during the holiday season but all through the year. Located in Blue River, 7 miles upriver from cabin.
Christmas Treasures
52959 McKenzie Highway
Christmas gifts, decorations, décor, and old world charm. Open not only during the holiday season but all through the year. Located in Blue River, 7 miles upriver from cabin.
Local Resources
Visitor information, topographical map of the Mckenzie River Ranger District, maps for purchase, and gift store.
McKenzie River Ranger Station - Willamette National Forest
57600 McKenzie Hwy
Visitor information, topographical map of the Mckenzie River Ranger District, maps for purchase, and gift store.
World-class track and field venue. Free to use by general public. Located in Blue River.
McKenzie Community Track & Field
51326 Blue River Drive
World-class track and field venue. Free to use by general public. Located in Blue River.
Located in Blue River, open M-F 8:30-3:00.
United States Postal Service
91160 Mc Cauley Street
Located in Blue River, open M-F 8:30-3:00.
Just in-case. Open M-Th 8:30-5:00. If medical care is needed after hours, the next closest clinic is Nova Urgent Care in Thurston, and the closest hospital is PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.
McKenzie River Clinic
51730 Dexter St
Just in-case. Open M-Th 8:30-5:00. If medical care is needed after hours, the next closest clinic is Nova Urgent Care in Thurston, and the closest hospital is PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.
Favorite Local Hikes and Sites
Virally popular moderate length trail where the McKenzie River seeps out of the ground into a pristine turquoise blue pool.
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Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool)
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Virally popular moderate length trail where the McKenzie River seeps out of the ground into a pristine turquoise blue pool.
Rewarding hike with lava beds, forest, and two waterfalls. Perfect place to get your feet wet and cool off in the spray of the falls.
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Proxy Falls
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Rewarding hike with lava beds, forest, and two waterfalls. Perfect place to get your feet wet and cool off in the spray of the falls.
and Koosah Falls. Hands down the best hike for a hot day. The waterfalls act like two giant swamp coolers that produce a steady cool breeze.
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Sahalie Falls
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and Koosah Falls. Hands down the best hike for a hot day. The waterfalls act like two giant swamp coolers that produce a steady cool breeze.
and Lava River National Recreation Trail. A hike through a truly unique landscape. NASA trained astronauts here in the 60’s to prepare them for terrain on the moon. The observatory is more than worth the drive up highway 242.
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Dee Wright Observatory
Old McKenzie Highway
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and Lava River National Recreation Trail. A hike through a truly unique landscape. NASA trained astronauts here in the 60’s to prepare them for terrain on the moon. The observatory is more than worth the drive up highway 242.
Easy family friendly hike to a picturesque lake, do some scrambling up the creek to find the hidden Linton Falls.
Linton Lake
Easy family friendly hike to a picturesque lake, do some scrambling up the creek to find the hidden Linton Falls.
Short hike to a series of natural hot springs *clothing optional*
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쿠거 핫스프링스
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Short hike to a series of natural hot springs *clothing optional*
McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. For the long-winded hiker who wants to see ALL-THE-THINGS in one hike. North America’s best mountain biking trail.
McKenzie River Trailhead - Lower
McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. For the long-winded hiker who wants to see ALL-THE-THINGS in one hike. North America’s best mountain biking trail.
Explore the pristine sparkling lake, mountain forests, and beauty of the cascades. Hike around the lake, or explore in a rental rowboats for hourly or daily rates.
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Clear Lake
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Explore the pristine sparkling lake, mountain forests, and beauty of the cascades. Hike around the lake, or explore in a rental rowboats for hourly or daily rates.
and Sahalie Falls. Hands down the best hike for a hot day. The waterfalls act like two giant swamp coolers that produce a steady cool breeze.
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Koosah Falls
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and Sahalie Falls. Hands down the best hike for a hot day. The waterfalls act like two giant swamp coolers that produce a steady cool breeze.
Short hike offering spectacular views of the Upper McKenzie River valley at the site of an old fire lookout.
Castle Rock
Short hike offering spectacular views of the Upper McKenzie River valley at the site of an old fire lookout.
The largest monolith in Oregon
Wolf Rock
The largest monolith in Oregon
Neighborhoods
A little over an hour away from the cabin. Fun, western themed town with many unique shopping and dining opportunities.
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Sisters
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A little over an hour away from the cabin. Fun, western themed town with many unique shopping and dining opportunities.
An hour away from the cabin, this is the third largest metropolitan area in Oregon. Endless dining and shopping opportunities.
유진-스프링필드, OR
An hour away from the cabin, this is the third largest metropolitan area in Oregon. Endless dining and shopping opportunities.

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McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival
In late April. Fishing guides and wooden boat fans gather on the opening day of fishing season to celebrate and learn about McKenzie River history, wildlife and wooden boats! Come watch the boat parade, participate in fly-fishing demonstrations, meet the local river guides and enjoy a great lunch. Located in Vida at Eagle Rock Lodge
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Tokatee Anniversary Celebration
In early July. The entire community is invited to enjoy golf, burgers and ice cream and other goodies from the clubhouse, various food trucks, an awesome beer garden, golf tournament, putting contest, live music and a stunning fireworks show. Located in Rainbow at Tokatee Golf Club
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McKenzie River Lavender Festival
Early-Mid July. Enjoy a meditative walk through a labyrinth of lavender and become one with lavender’s fresh aroma and the sound of humming bees at work. Purchase some wonderful lavender products and experience a country bazaar atmosphere including local craftsmen, relaxing music, and much more. Located in Deerhorn.
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McKenzie River Chainsaw and Arts Festival
In mid-Late July. Come see around a dozen of the most talented professional carvers in the Northwest turn ordinary wood logs into incredible pieces of art in scenic Blue River. From native animals such as realistic looking bears and cougars to wizards, dinosaurs and dragonflies, each year brings exciting designs that are sure to wow. Each carver will produce four carves throughout the weekend which will all be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Visitors can also check out multiple local art vendors selling a range of handcrafted products and view vintage cars.