It is with great sorrow that we mention the drowning at Martin’s Rapid this past Fathers Day. It is our hope that this will only stress river safety and the use of life jackets in unfamiliar waters. Per Oregon State Law, PFD’s must be worn by all Guides and guests while boating through Class #3 rapids.
McKenzie River Guides are some of the best river boatman in the world and are required to obey this law; yet, private boaters unfamiliar with certain aspects of class #3 and #4 rapids are not required to wear PFD’s. The McKenzie River Guide Association would like to stress the use of PFD’s to promote river safety and enjoyment of our river resources in the Pacific Northwest.
Also please become aware of the “Free Life Jacket” program. Life Jackets are available to the general public for day use at Mathers Market, McKenzie Feed and Tackle, Leaburg Store, and Vida Country Store. Stop by any of these stores and make sure children playing along the river use them! This program is sponsored by The McKenzie River Guides Association and McKenzie Fire and Rescue.
Be safe and enjoy the summer.