Trips meet at 9:20 AM at our McKenzie Bridge office, located at the McKenzie General store / Obsidian Grill courtyard, unless special arrangements have been made to be picked up at Belknap Hot Springs or other custom locations.. It is a short 50 minute drive from either Eugene or Sisters / Bend Oregon. After the initial paperwork and introductions have taken place, we pile into our vans and head up to the boat launch. Having our office at Belknap Resort gives you the advantage and increased security of leaving your car here rather than on the side of the road at the boat launch or at a campground. Once we reach the boat launch, we provide everyone with all necessary paddling gear. This includes splash tops (a nylon top with neoprene wrists and neck cuffs), splash bottoms, wet suits and booties. These are provided on cooler days or by request and free of charge. After a thorough safety and equipment orientation, we launch and begin our adventure. This is usually about 30 to 45 minutes from the time we meet.
We work as a team on the river maneuvering our way through fun continuous rapids and old growth forests. You'll have the opportunity to engage in fun water activities such as water fighting, river games and of course the entertaining experience with your guides. You may also encounter Osprey and Blue Herons fishing along the way. The river is crystal clear the entire way, full of history and is a diverse river eco-system. All of our guides are well versed in the river history, flora and fauna. Most of High Country’s guides are local to the rivers they guide!
On our full day rafting trips we offer a wonderful and hearty lunch, served and prepared by your guides right on the riverbank. High Country Expeditions prides itself with serving the best and most scrumptious lunches. Some of our guides are well trained gourmet chefs. Our lunches are always available to be customized to your needs. We can accomodate you needs whether you are vegetarian, vegan or on a low carb. diet, just let us know ahead of time.
After lunch (approximately 1 hour) we get back on the river and immediately engage in some great and thrilling class III rapids. Just before the take out we encounter “Redsides.” This is a fun and well known rapid by kayaker's. It consists of a class III set of waves. After going through the rapid your guide will give you the option to go back into the rapid and attempt to “Surf the Wave” (one of the highlights on the full day, river and crew conditions permitting.)
The trips are approximately 20 to 22 river miles long depending on water levels. You will get off the river sometime between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. After the trip we load the gear onto our trailers and take you back to our office located at the McKenzie General Store & Obsidian Grill complex where you can fuel up with some of the most amazing fresh and locally sourced food made fresh to order, or relax for some live music and a nice cold beverage. Guest picked up at Belknap Resort will be taken back to the original meeting location.
Full-day trips include a delicious 3 course riverside lunch served by your guide.
Base full-day rates $92.00 Adults / $75.00 Kids 12yr and under
**Rates do not include USFS / BLM federal land use fees and carbon tax (these equate to roughly $6)
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A minimum 50% deposit or credit card is required to secure a reservation, unless other arrangements have been made. For groups of 12 or more payment is due in full 48 days prior to your trip. After making your reservation, confirmation will be sent out with any additional information you may request. Last minute inquiries are welcome, please give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate you! We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Prices are subject to change without notice.
You may cancel your trip 30 days prior to the trip date for a full refund. Cancellations made 29 to 3 days prior to your scheduled trip will result in a $25.00 reservation fee, and a $100.00 per person fee for extended excursions. The balance will promptly be credited back to your credit card. Or, if you would like to reschedule your trip for later in the season, we will work with you to do this and apply the deposit amount to your new trip. We do not offer any refunds after your trip has been rescheduled. Sorry, but no refunds for cancellations made 48 hours or less from the trip date. If you schedule a trip for a group of 20 or more, you may finalize the number of people in your group a week before your trip without penalty. As always, we want to make sure you are happy, and will always work with you to achieve this.
We reserve the right to cancel any excursions due to unsafe water conditions, poor weather, and other circumstances beyond our control. If a trip is cancelled, you may choose to reschedule or we will promptly refund your deposit/payment in full.
Cancellation for schools: You may cancel your enrollment 14 days prior to the date for a full refund with a $50.00 filling and holding fee. Cancellations made 13 to 6 days prior to your scheduled trip will result in a none refund of deposit, any balance will be returned promptly. Sorry, but no refunds for cancellations made within five days of the start of the course.
The full day 22 river mile McKenzie river rafting trip is a exciting day long adventure for all. It is perfect for small and large groups, kids and veteran river folk alike. This trip launches at the same location as our morning 1/2 day trips and continuous on all the way to Forest Glen located outside of Blue River. The adventure includes a wonderful guide served 3 course riverside lunch. Generally catering to all dietary needs whenever possible. meandering through dancing continues rapids on the upper stretch, passing along old flood laid log jams, at time "surfing" at Redsides (a famous kayakers play wave) . A wonderful day spent on the picturesque and exciting Upper McKenzie river.
When to Go
April – October
Class 2 to 3
Full day approximately 22 river miles
Full day trips meet at 9:20am & return approx. 4:00pm-4:30pm
All trips meet at & return at one of our three per-designated McKenzie River locations. In McKenzie Bridge, by our new office located now at the McKenzie General Store complex or at the upper overflow parking area of Belknap Resort and Hot Springs.
Full day trips: $75 youth 12yr and younger - $92 adult rate
**Rates do not include USFS / BLM federal land use fees and carbon tax (these equate to roughly $5)