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Average Gradient
8.26 ft/mi (1.56 m/km)
Days
1
Most difficult rapid
I
Distance
4.72 mi (7.60 km)
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With put-in and take-out spots so close to Eugene and Springfield, this stretch of the McKenzie River is a great escape on a hot summer day! There is a small parking area with a vault toilet at the put-in spot at Harvest Landing Park. The boat ramp provides easy access into the river. During the float, watch for wildlife along the banks such as river otters and waterfowl. You can stop along the way and pick blackberries for a break from the water. This part of the McKenzie is also known for good fishing holes. There are a few houses along the south side of the river, and people can be seen hanging out on the banks, but the majority of the float is pretty quiet. The take-out spot, another boat ramp, is on the left (south) side of the river, just under the I-5 bridge at Armitage Park. Armitage Park also has restroom facilities, picnic tables, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts and a large parking area.

Note: There is no place to purchase a Lane County park pass at Harvest Landing.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer

Parking Pass

Lane County Park Pass

Motors Allowed

No

Pros

Easy access to river. Close to Eugene.

Cons

Lots of people. No place to buy parking pass at put-in spot.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Put-in location (lat, long coordinates)

44.078653, -122.999263

Take-out location (lat, long coordinates)

44.112341, -123.048131

Features

Family friendly
Boat ramp(s)
Wildlife
Flushing toilets
Bird watching

Access

Vehicle

Typically multi-day

No

Shuttle required

Yes

Overall difficulty

I

Route Characteristics: Character

River

Suitable for

Inflatable Kayaks
Rafts

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Comments

07/28/2017
Significant hazard at Riverbend earlier, this year, extremely dangerous for inflatable craft. Called Lane County Marine Patrol today (7/28/17) for an update, but nobody available to answer phone. Details here: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/Reported-Obstructions-Alerts.aspx
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