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McKenzie River, Oregon

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Willamette National Forest


Designated Reach:

October 28, 1988. From Clear Creek to Scott Creek, not including Carmen and Trail Bridge Reservoir Dams.


Classification/Mileage:

Recreational — 12.7 miles; Total — 12.7 miles.

McKenzie River

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McKenzie River (U.S. Forest Service)

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McKenzie River

The McKenzie Wild and Scenic River was designated in 1988 for its outstandingly remarkable values of fish, scenic quality, recreation, hydrology/geology and water quality. The "Blue McKenzie" is well-known for its exceptional water quality, resulting from low turbidity, absence of organic material and the high water quality of its tributaries. The excellent quality of its fish habitat supports a variety of fish species, including three native wild trout—rainbow, bull and cutthroat trout—as well as wild spring Chinook. Recent vulcanism, including three distinctive lava flows, has shaped the river into pools, dramatic waterfalls and cascading whitewater. These features provide for exceptional whitewater boating, hiking and fishing.