Road atop Cougar Dam closed for construction


COUGAR DAM: Travelers visiting the McKenzie River area may need to plan alternate travel routes to the area’s trails and campgrounds this summer.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has closed the portion of Road NF-1993 that runs along the crest of Cougar Dam to traffic in both directions. The closure extends from June 5th to September 28th. It will reopen on September 29th.

Officials say the closure is needed to allow for construction work at the dam.

Because of the change in access, visitors may need to plan alternate routes to access these trailheads: Lower Echo/East Fork, Upper East Fork, Upper Lowder Mountain, and Pat Saddle.

People should view the McKenzie River Ranger District’s web page at for more details on recreation opportunities within the region.


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