McKenzie River

Cascade winnersFlorenz Knauer, Francisco Mancebo and Dion Smith at the finish line awards ceremony. Mancebo (Canyon Bicycles) and Kristin Armstrong (Twenty 16-ShoAir) won the men’s and women’s opening stage respectively of the five-day Cascade Cycling Classic on Wednesday.

At counterRAINBOW: Ways of getting out and about - from riding bikes to paddle boarding or from rafting to shuttles - now have a new central point to start from, thanks to a new business that will host a grand opening this weekend. The Horse Creek Lodge and the Blazin Saddles Bike Shop partnered for the new enterprise, housed in the former Rustic Skillet Restaurant’s storefront.

Leaburg power plantLEABURG: The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project Historic District in Lane County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project was put into service in January 1930 and continues to generate electric power as part of the Eugene Water & Electric Board system, a municipally owned utility located in Lane County. It is located along approximately five miles of the McKenzie River in the vicinity of Leaburg, and consists of the dam and powerhouse; the reservoir, canal and tailrace; and Leaburg Village, built to house dam workers.



Saddle DamLast Friday, the U.S. Forest Service closed the gate at Saddle Dam due to low water levels in the Blue River Reservoir to protect the reservoir basin from off road vehicles.

Old McKenzie Fish HatcheryLEABURG: Plans to develop a showcase for McKenzie River riverboats and their guides got a big boost last week when the Meyer Memorial Trust announced it had granted $13,000 to the Friends of Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery. The money is earmarked for a feasibility study for a proposed McKenzie River Interpretive Center next to Leaburg Lake.
Over the past several years, the Friends group has spearheaded a concerted effort by stakeholders – guides, scientists, community members, local, state and national agencies – to develop an interpretive plan, exhibit concepts, a capital improvements budget, and an architectural program for the proposed facilities, which are tentatively called the McKenzie River Interpretive Center.



DiningNIMROD: Craving some spicy hummus, shrimp dumplings or a chicken pesto baguette? Those choices are not what’s currently found on menus in local restaurants.
It’s been years since locals and visitors alike had a wide choice of where to go out for dinner. Restaurants like Albert’s Lodge, the Log Cabin Inn and Holiday Farm are now just memories.
“Every day someone has asked where they could go,” recalls Bert de Klerk, owner of the McKenzie River Inn resort in Nimrod. We could see there was a need and we decided to offer something at the highest level possible.
His answer, the Crescent Moon Cafe, is set to open to the public on July 21st.

Fire near Scott Lake now contained at 1 acre

A fire raised its smoky head this afternoon on the steep slopes above Highway 242 near Scott Lake. The fire was called in nearly simultaneously by two Lookouts and a recreation visitor on South Sister. The response to the fire was swift and complete, within a few hours of attack the fire is now (at 5 p.m.) just smoldering and there is a line completely around the impacted area.

A wildfire early this afternoon was restricting travel on OR 242 (Old McKenzie Pass Hwy.) at MP 64, approximately 9 miles east of the junction with OR 126 (McKenzie Hwy.). Travelers were advised to avoid the route and be alert for fire fighting equipment and personnel in the area.

At 2 p.m. the Old McKenzie Pass Hwy. was closed at the junction of Hwy. 126. Travelers from the east side (Sisters) were allowed to travel only as far as the Dee Wright Observatory (MP 75.5).

The route reopened at 3:43 p.m.


McKenzie River Reflections

Lavender worldThe McKenzie River Lavender Festival got off to a good start today for the first of a 3-day event held this weekend at 40882 McKenzie Hwy., just east of Walterville. The free festival at the McKenzie River Lavender is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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