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  • Returning to community service

    Apr 25, 2024

    Numbers from the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire were bleak: 173,393 acres burned, 1,100 structures lost (including approximately 470 homes), and over $160 million in damages. However, the responses were impressive. Despite one fatality, some 5,000 people were safely evacuated along with 576 livestock and 100 domestic animals. Much of this could not have happened without the support of volunteers who themselves had also suffered losses. Recovery has come about in many forms in the months and years since the fire. Along the McKenzie River, there are...

  • Fishing the McKenzie River

    Apr 25, 2024

    The McKenzie River flows nearly sixty miles from its source high in the Cascade Mountains to the Willamette River, 200 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The source of the McKenzie is numerous ice fields, but many consider Clear Lake to be its beginning. Approximately 2,000 years ago a lava flow dammed Fish Lake Creek and Clear Lake was formed. Today still- standing submerged trees, preserved in the cold waters, can be seen in the depths of Clear Lake. See tinyurl.com/4ces4dse Just downstream of Clear Lake are two impressive waterfalls, Sahalie and...

  • Know before you go....

    Apr 25, 2024

    WHY The Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies Project started in 2017 when Using U.S. Forest Service data from 5 years of information via seasonal Self-issue Wilderness Permits. The data included things like lots of trash, feces not buried, user trails being created, and camping on fragile alpine areas. A proposed wilderness-wide limited entry permit system went to the public in May 2019 and resulted in the final draft of the project. WHAT Actions include: * Limiting access to the Three Sisters, Mount Washington and Mount Jefferson...

  • Honey Paddle

    Apr 25, 2024

    Make sure not to overlook “A Taste of the McKenzie River” on your next journey upriver. Honey Paddle Farm has captured the curiosity of those passing by and delighted the senses of visitors throughout the summer. Specializing in cut-flowers, floral pumpkins, and honey, Honey Paddle is a local farm owned by Amber and Brian Jackson, who are entering their fifth growing season. You can find honey varietals, such as McKenzie River Blossom and Bee’s Friend Phacelia Honey, at The Leaburg Store and McKenzie Feed & Tackle in Walterville, OR. Seaso...

  • McKenzie Crest Wines

    Apr 25, 2024

    Ever wonder if the McKenzie area shares the underpinnings that have made the Willamette, Umpqua, and Columbia valleys famous for wine making? You’re not alone in that thinking, and McKenzie Crest Wines has been making it a reality. In 2015 close friends, Dan Perkins and Chris Freytag decided to follow their dreams of grape production and quality wine making. They planted a small vineyard of Maréchal Foch - a hybrid French-American grape - along the McKenzie River. The result they say, was “an experiment that went very, very right.” The fledgl...

  • Will there be a way home?

    Apr 25, 2024

    Leaburg Dam has provided a sense of security since it was built in 1928. With a road on top, it provides access to the south bank of the river for residential property owners, a commercial blueberry farm, the Leaburg Fish Hatchery, a boat launch, and Lloyd Knox Park. Homeowners say they always felt pretty secure, echoed by one who feels “living on Leaburg Lake is a dream come true.” In a report that dominated the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s December 6, 2022 meeting the utility’s general manager called for permanently discontinuing electri...

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