2017 Wooden Boat Festival April 22nd

Wooden Boat Festival 2017-small

This weekend join us at the 2017 Wooden Boat Festival at Eagle Rock Lodge. This is the 12th annual gathering of people that love wooden boats and their history. McKenzie Guides will offer a lunch as fundraiser for our lifejacket borrow program that makes PFD’s available for free to anyone that needs one to use while on the white water of the McKenzie River.

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2016 Wooden Boat Show at Eagle Rock Lodge

2016 wooden boat show  (c) West Coast Action Photos

It was another successful year for the 2016 McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival. A light rain didn’t dampen spirits as boat owners and those that appreciate them gathered to view boats and watch demonstrations of fly tying and casting. A fundraising lunch was provided by the McKenzie Guides and raised money for the Free Life Jacket loan program. We also thank Cascade Family Fly Fishers for their support. You can view great photographs of this event at This LINK Thank you Lilly and West Coast Action Photos for being there.

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Community, agencies team up to clean up river

Sucessful clean up of the McKenzie River from Bellinger Landing to Marcola.


Community volunteers joined six agencies on Saturday February 27th to collect and remove garbage and other debris from lower McKenzie River riparian areas.

About three weeks ago, McKenzie River Guide Association voiced concerns about garbage from dispersed camp sites and illegal dumping, along with old boat dock debris that contains Styrofoam, strewn along the banks of the river on private and public properties. The Eugene Water & Electric Board convened a meeting to address the issue and several partners joined together to come
up with a cost-effective clean-up plan.

The riparian clean-up area runs from the Bellinger Landing County Park off Camp Creek Road east to Marcola Road. Five jet boats will carry volunteers to the various debris sites and haul filled garbage bags back to the Hayden Bridge Boat Ramp.

Volunteers collected and removed the garbage Saturday before the next high water event washes the debris into the McKenzie River – the sole source of drinking water for nearly
200,000 Eugene-area residents.

A special thanks to everyone involved.

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