Where can I take my family rafting, fishing and hiking near Eugene?
Thanks for the question. I suggest a trip east on Highway 126 from Eugene. You can raft on the McKenzie River. There are numerous guided trips. I highly recommend Helfrich Outfitters and if you want to begin and end at Belknap Hot Springs Resort check out High Country Expeditions. To get a great view of the Cascades take the scenic drive up Highway 242 a few miles from Belknap Hot Springs to the Dee Wright Observatory at the highest point of the road. You can climb to the top of the observatory and view 360 degrees of the Cascades with a cool compass of sorts, that helps you figure out which peak is what.
You can fish in numerous spots along the McKenzie. Some popular places are at Leaburg Dam and along the shore. One of my favorite places to fish is at Clear Lake at the headwaters to the McKenzie River. You can rent a row boat and drop a line in and troll while you take in beautiful scenery atop strikingly clear water. (Here’s a tip if you do- use corn as your bait, with a very light weight sinker). In Eugene, you can also find some decent fishing near Autzen Stadium in the Alton Baker Canal and in Junction City at the Junction City Pond.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.
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About Ask Oregon Expert Cari Soong
Cari Soong is the Assistant Manager of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center in Springfield, Oregon. When she isn't sending visitors out on adventures throughout the region, she is pursuing her passion for outdoor recreation. From bicycling and hiking to snowboarding, she is always in search of the next epic excursion. She has called Oregon home since 2004 and thrives on finding new favorites around the state. She's always eager to share her expert advice and help others plan their trips.