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The Willamette Valley and Wine Country Sights

McKenzie River Highway

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Updated 10/15/2014

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Highway 126, as it heads east from Eugene, is known as the McKenzie River Highway. Following the curves of the river, it passes grazing lands, fruit and nut orchards, and the small riverside hamlets of the McKenzie Valley. From the highway you can glimpse the bouncing, bubbling, blue-green McKenzie River, one of Oregon's top fishing, boating, and white-water rafting spots, against a backdrop of densely forested mountains, splashing waterfalls, and jet-black lava beds.

The small town of McKenzie Bridge marks the end of the McKenzie River Highway and the beginning of the 26-mile McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, which heads north through the Willamette National Forest along portions of the Old Santiam Wagon Road.

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McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, 97413, United States

Updated 10/15/2014

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Aug 31, 2012

McKenzie River Highway Review

There were errors -"The small town of McKenzie Bridge marks the end of the McKenzie River Highway and the beginning of the 26-mi McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, which heads north through the Willamette National Forest along portions of the Old Santiam Wagon Road." The McKenzie Hwy. continues beyond McKenzie Bridge passing by the McKenzie River Trail (which does not follow the Santiam Wagon Road), Belknap Hot Springs, Koosah & Sahalie waterfalls,

Clear Lake (the headwaters of the McKenzie River), Fish Lake (historic remount station for pack trains), and lava fields before linking with Hwy. 20 & 22 to continue east - passing by Hogg Rock (where an attempt for a transcontinental railroad was made), Lost Lake, The Hoodoo Ski Resort, Blue Lake & Suttle Lake, before arriving at the City of Sisters.

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