McKenzie River

Rotary plow at Dee WrightOn April 24th, ODOT crews had cleared a single lane to the summit of the Old McKenzie Pass Highway - at the Dee Wright Observatory - from the east gate.  Two days later the East side access to Dee Wright was available to pedestrians and bicyclists only.

Leaburg hatchery signLEABURG: After a decade of weathering, the signs at the entrance driveway to the Leaburg Hatchery had been taken down. The signs laminated butcher block teak panels were refinished. But now they could be bobbing down the river or hanging in someone’s hideaway.
Leaburg Trout Hatchery manager Erik Withalm says last Thursday night or Friday morning someone made off with them - a 3 foot by 4 foot sign and a smaller 1 foot by 4 foot panel.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 30, 10:50 am. Highway is blocked. OR 126E (McKenzie Hwy.) is blocked by the crash of a log truck east of Springfield, near Cedar Flat (MP 10) in Lane County.  The  truck has jackknifed and lost its load.  It has also hit a utility pole and  utility lines are down on the highway.  Motorists should anticipate delays or  seek an alternate route.

 

McKenzie River Reflections

Trash in forestPhoto Courtesy USFS
Trash piles in the woods are causing officials to consider clamping down on areas where dispersed camping will be allowed.

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Due to on-going damage to natural resources, the McKenzie River Ranger District is proposing expanding the camping restrictions near Cougar Reservoir and adding a new camping restriction adjacent to the lower McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. Officials say that in these locations, long-term campers have left large accumulations of garbage, food items, hazardous substances, improperly disposed of fecal waste, and damaged vegetation and soils. The new regulations would also prohibit campfires in these areas.

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.