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McKenzie River

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The beautiful McKenzie River is located just East of Eugene and is one of our favorite day trip runs in the Willamette Valley. Swift, crystal-clear water moves along a tree-lined river bank full of fun Class II+ rapids. There are lots of summer fun activities located in this region, and with half-day and full-day rafting trips available, your McKenzie River adventure could be just a gateway to more summer fun.

Our full day trip begins its way downriver from the Frissell boat ramp, getting a chance to enjoy the upper reaches of the river and pass by the Belknap Hot Springs Resort. Our half day trips begin from the Paradise boat ramp and all trips end at the Bruckhart boat ramp.

A great trip during the hot summer months, this cool water will certainly make you happy that you get to enjoy some of the more than 12 miles of the upper McKenzie that are designated as Wild & Scenic.

The rapids are challenging enough to test the skills of experienced rafters yet still great for novice boaters alike. Drifting through the cathedral-like Douglas-fir and Western hemlock forest and rounded boulders positioned along the river, you’ll enjoy watching the active osprey with chances to see deer that inhabit this lush corridor.

Each year the river changes. Our professional guides know the season’s submerged obstacles, rapids, and eddies and the best fishing and swimming spots. Come and see for yourself why the McKenzie River is one of O.R.E.’s favorites.


  • Season: April–September
  • Meeting Location: Forest Glen Boat Ramp, OR
  • Meeting Time:
    Half Day: 9:30 AM, 1:00 PM
    Full Day: 10:00 AM
  • Nearest City: Eugene, OR
  • Trip Length: Half and Full day
  • Level/Difficulty: Class II+ (Novice-Intermediate)
  • Age Minimum: 6
  • Minimum Total Trip Size: If your group (combined with other groups who have requested the same trip) totals less than the minimum then your reservation will be on hold until the minimum trip size is met.
    – 8 guest minimum for day trips
  • Your credit card will not be charged until the trip is confirmed.


  • Crystal clear water and consistent Class II rapids.
  • Upper and Lower sections for a variety of trip options.
  • Close to Eugene with lots of other activities nearby.
  • Great camping and hiking.
  • Excellent sport fishing and fly fishing.
  • Nearby hot springs.



For the full-day adventure, embark on a scenic journey downstream from the Frissell boat ramp, passing by the tranquil Belknap Hot Springs Resort as you explore the upper reaches of the river.

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Looking for a shorter thrill? Opt for our half-day trip starting at the Paradise boat ramp and winding through captivating landscapes until reaching the Bruckhart boat ramp.

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For over 35 years we’ve run whitewater rafting trips on ten of the best rivers Oregon and Idaho have to offer. Our safety record is excellent. Our guides are friendly, skilled professionals. We use only the best, professional quality rafting equipment. And we offer an unsurpassed variety of boats from which to choose: oar rafts, paddle rafts, inflatable kayaks, and our unique, custom designed Row-Your-Own catarafts.

For more about who we are please click or touch more about O.R.E.

Almost anyone can go. No prior rafting experience is necessary, and no prior camping experience is needed for our multi-day trips. We welcome children ages 7 and up on most of our rivers (some options can be 5 years old), and adults of all ages. While we recommend that our guests know how to swim, non-swimmers are free to join us on most trips (with the exception of certain high-water spring trips).

No, even if it’s your first time we have a trip that can work for you.


O.R.E.’s safety record is excellent. That’s because your safety is our number one priority. Running rivers, like other outdoor activities, involves an element of risk. But we work hard to protect your safety and well being. Our guides are trained in river safety and first aid skills. Each trip begins with a thorough safety orientation. Coast Guard Approved life jackets are worn at all times while on the river, and complete first aid and emergency kits are carried on each trip.

Yes, we operate trips even if it is raining. After all, it is whitewater rafting and we enjoy the water. On the rare occasion that conditions warrant it because of safety concerns, O.R.E. will cancel a trip.

Yes, we are unable to accommodate walk-up businesses/customers due to trip planning etc.  Day trips can fully book up for the weekends during the summer, so it is best to reserve early. Mid-week trips and spring/fall trips are not as busy.

We provide top-quality professional rafting equipment, including U.S. Coast Guard Approved lifejackets, helmets, and other safety gear.


In general, you will only need to bring your own river-appropriate clothing, footwear, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, a change of clothes, and a water bottle for day trips. Full-day trips include a freshly prepared deli lunch.


Please note that our policies vary for day trips and multi-day trips. 


Deposits and payments: Half-day and full-day trips require payment in full when the reservation is placed. (Exception: If more than seven days remain before the trip begins, groups of ten or more may call to reserve with a $25 per person deposit.)


Cancellations, Transfers, and Refunds:

Please notify us as soon as possible if you find it necessary to cancel your reservation. Because we lose the ability to sell reserved spaces to other individuals or groups, we strictly adhere to the following policies:


  • 7 Days or More Advanced Notice: Choose to receive a refund of your deposit or transfer your reservation to another trip, less a $25 per person cancellation fee.
  • 6 Days or Less: No credits or refunds will be issued if you cancel 6 or fewer days prior to a day trip.


Please note that cancellation fees may apply to cancellation of the entire reservation as well as to partial cancellations (for instance, a reduction in your party size from six to five).

Yes! We partner with a local guide and offer this as an option for those looking to fish along their trip. Click here for more details, and be sure to read below for information regarding fishing license requirements. 

You will need to check the local fishing regulations as we operate in many different river locations. You will need a fishing license for the state that you are in. Both Idaho and Oregon offer daily passes and annual for in-state and out-of-state residents. Youth ages 12 and under in Oregon and 14 in Idaho do not require a license.


You will be able to fish from campsites and at lunchtime, but we cannot guarantee that you will be able to fish from the rafts while we are moving downriver. If you’re interested in having a fishing guide and an assigned raft for fishing let us know, we may be able to arrange on request.


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