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McKenzie River Directions

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McKenzie River Trips

McKenzie River Directions

Directions & Meeting Locations for McKenzie River Rafting trips departing Belknap Hot Springs Lodge, High Country Exp. Office:

Meet in front of our McKenzie river office located at Belknap Resort & Hot Springs on N. Belknap Springs Road. The resort is located off Hwy. 126 between mile marker 54 & 19, approximately ½ mile east of the Hwy 242 junction, follow the signs to the resort. From Sisters take Hwy 20 to Hwy 126 and follow the mile markers and the signs to Belknap Springs.

Half-Day McKenzie River Rafting Trips:

Morning half-day trips meet at Belknap Resort between 9:30 & 9:45 am; afternoon half-day trips meet at Belknap between 1:30 & 1:45pm.

We will provide all the necessary life jackets, splash gear, wet suits & booties (on a request basis only!), boating equipment, paddling instructions, river safety talk, and shuttle service back to your vehicle.

Full Day McKenzie River Rafting Trips:

Full-day rafting trips meet in front of our Belknap Hot Springs office between 9:30 & 9:45 am.

We will provide all the necessary life jackets, splash gear, wet suits & booties (on a request basis only!), boating equipment, paddling instructions, river safety talk, a hearty 3 course riverside meal served by your guides and shuttle service back to your vehicle. All special dietary needs must be request at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled trip.

Please contact us at least 24 hours prior to you trip with sizes for members on this trip; height, weight and shoe size. You may also e-mail the information to us. Please be sure to include your trip date and the name your reservation is under.

We recommend synthetic river-wear, hats, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen for the river trips. Feel free to bring your own beverages (No glass.) A dry bag is available on each trip to keep essential personal belongings safe and dry.

Driving Times:

  • Portland…3 hrs.
  • Eugene/Springfield…1hr.
  • Bend…1.25 hrs.
  • Salem…1.25 hrs.

Airports:

  • Commercial: Redmond & Eugene
  • Private…McKenzie Bridge

From Eugene / Springfield / Portland

From I-5, heading north, take East 194a or I-105 or Highway 126 East toward Springfield.

From I-5, heading south, take Exit 194a to I-105 or Highway 126 East.

Stay on I-105 Eastbound until you reach the second light, this is an major intersection, which is where I-105 intersects with Highway 126. Get into the left lane and take a left onto Highway 126 (follow the signs to the "McKenzie river Recreation area). Once on Highway 126 in Springfield travel for Approx. 55 miles. 4 miles past the town of McKenzie Bridge you will pass the junction of Oregon Scenic Highway 242, approx. 1/2 past this junction (still on HWY 126) you will see signs for Belknap Hot Springs. Follow the signs and take a left onto North Belknap Springs Road - Our office is located a 1/4 mile down the road, just to left of the main entrance to the lodge.

From Bend / Sisters / Redmond

Travel West on Highway 22 and pass over Santiam Pass, follow the signs for Eugene / Springfield, Take a left onto Hwy 20 and then another left onto Hwy126 (These are well marked). Once on Highway 126 follow the mile markers (which start at mile 1 as soon as Hwy126 begins) to mile 18 1/2 and you will see signs for Belknap Hot Springs. Follow the signs and take a right onto N. Belknap Springs Road - Our office is located just to the left of the main lodge entrance approximately a 1/4 mile down the road.

Sister - Scenic Highway 242

CAUTION! This is an extremely winding road not recommended for Motor-home or Travel trailer usage!

Follow the signs from Sister to Highway 242 and follow it for Approx. 40 miles to the junction of Highway 126. There take a left onto Highway 126 and travel for approx. 1/2 mile. Follow the signs to Belknap and take a left onto Belknap Springs Road - Follow the signs and take a right onto N. Belknap Springs Road - Our office is located just to the left of the main lodge entrance approximatly a 1/4 mile down the road

Our High Country McKenzie office has souvenir's including hats, t-shirts, books... available for purchase. If you have any further questions or are interested in lodging and dining information in the McKenzie Valley, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-461-7238, check out this web page for more information, or visit us at our office located at Belknap Resort & Hot Springs on Belknap Springs Road.


High Country Expeditions leads whitewater rafting trips on some of the finest scenic rivers in Oregon and California.