One of the region’s most popular rivers for white water rafting and float boating, the McKenzie also offers easy access to world class trout and steelhead fishing. At this site, just 30 minutes east of Springfield on Highway 126, don’t be suprised if you find yourself sharing the water with osprey, great blue herons, and bald eagles. These and other species are featured at the accessible Silver Creek Watchable Wildlife Site near Vida.
Guided Fishing Trips
Our drift boat trips to the McKenzie happen here! This is a long stretch of river with several put-in’s and take-out’s giving us the option of finding the perfect drift. While we are … moreadvocating for this to become a Wild Trout only fishery, currently it is a mix of wild and stocked trout. On this float trip you will fish from the boat most of the time but there are also good wade fishing spots that we stop to cover the water. Season runs from last Saturday in April to October 31st.
The McKenzie River, located near Eugene, Oregon, offers anglers of every skill level incredible fly fishing experiences throughout its lush wild Cascadian course. Spend the day in … morethe front of a McKenzie River drift boat and you will enjoy an unforgettable Oregon fishing experience.
The spring-fed McKenzie River is known for its brilliant blue waters, surrounded by verdant green forests, and home to gorgeous Rainbow Trout. Your guide’s knowledge of the river and expert casting instruction will put you at ease and help you maximize your time on the water. All fishing and safety gear will be supplied on your drift boat.
Each boat holds two guests along with your guide and equipment. We will tailor your adventure to your skill level and preferences and your guide will determine the best places to fish based on these factors. You can enjoy a laid-back day (or better yet, a few days in a row) of great fishing with our friendly, knowledgeable guides to show you the way.
Our McKenzie River drift boats, specially designed for the fishing and whitewater you’ll encounter on this river, are perfect for enjoying your day on the water. They are easily maneuverable and designed to get you to the best fishing spots without the any need for wading. You’ll enjoy the beauty of Douglas Firs, Western Red Cedars, Alders and Maples as you fish comfortably from your tailored drift boat.
We can accomodate groups of any size with several boats for the day and a fish fry lunch on the riverbank. You’ll exchange stories of the morning catch and take an opportunity to relax by the water.
If you are more experienced and up for a challenge, we can arrange a one-on-one trip on the Upper McKenzie limited to one angler per boat. This provides the ultimate challenge for experienced dry fly fisherman where we take you to small pockets of water where precision casting is required to catch the elusive native rainbow trout. The Upper McKenzie is catch and release only.
All guests will have an opportunity to experience fried fish as part of the morning’s catch. In addition, you can either bring your own lunch, or for an additional $20 fee enjoy a riverside lunch prepared by Helfrich River Outfitters.
The McKenzie River is a 90-mile tributary of the Willamette River