Make the McKenzie Connection!

Briefs... - Feb. 1


In the aftermath of last week’s severe weather, Lane County is opening Hendricks Bridge Park - East of milepost 10 on Hwy 126 - for storm debris drop-offs. Private property owners can bring debris free of charge on February 2 to 4, and February 9 to 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Accepted debris includes Tree limbs and branches, Trees less than 24” in diameter (larger trees cut down to 24” in diameter or less), and Heavy shrubbery.

Items not accepted include Household garbage or recycling, Building materials (plywood, damaged siding, etc.), Regular yard debris (grass, mulch, etc.), Rocks or earth, Tree root balls, and Materials larger than 24” in diameter.

People bringing non-accepted items will be turned away. For regular household garbage or special waste, visit


The community has been chipping in to help a Leaburg family recover from their losses in a fire that destroyed their home. Contributions of clothing, bedding, and various household items are being gathered for the family of Rich Campbell and Casey Chafin, their son, and daughter at the Leaburg Store, where their daughter Paris is an employee. This week a GoFundMe page at had raised $7,546 by noon on Tuesday.

FS Bridge

In December 2023, a new trail bridge was successfully installed on the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. The 160-foot pedestrian bridge crosses the McKenzie River at approximately milepost 10.5 of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. This project replaced the previously failing bridge and also rerouted the trail around a restoration project at Deer Creek. As work on the rerouted trail continues, a temporary detour remains in place. Please hike along Forest Service Road (FR) 2655-713 south to the junction of FR 2654 Deer Creek Road and proceed south until it connects with the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail again.

The McKenzie River and the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail generate millions in economic activity every year, supporting local businesses and communities, and bringing visitors from around the country and world. The bridge restores the connectivity of the trail, and once the trail reroute is complete, will allow travel along the entire 26-mile length.


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