McKenzie River Obstruction Near MP 45 -Complete Blockage

Large fir tree obstructing the McKenzie River near MP 45.

Large fir tree obstructing the McKenzie River near MP 45. Photo courtesy of Eric Messner.

The Marine Board was alerted about a dangerous obstruction near MP 45 on the McKenzie River, on the Rainbow to Blue River run, on March 22.   An old fir tree blocks the river from bank-to-bank, with branches in tact.  Boaters will need to paddle/power strong to the left where there is a small eddy and portage, but it is not advised for inexperienced boaters.  Currents will easily pull boaters directly into the tree.

Signs have been posted upstream and downstream.  Boaters are encouraged to avoid this stretch.  A contractor has been contacted to mitigate the obstruction immediately.

Looking downstream, the view as boaters approach the fallen fir tree.

Looking downstream, the view as boaters approach the fallen fir tree. Photo courtesy of Eric Messner.

 

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