The beautiful McKenzie River is the stuff of legends. This 90 mile long tributary of the mighty Willamette has generated many a tall fishing yarn, as well as spawning the development of the world famous McKenzie River Drift Boat. A favorite fly fishing spot of Presidents Hoover and Eisenhower, the McKenzie River Area is a recreational paradise dotted with charming small towns and unique shops.

For 8000 years prior to exploration by Europeans, this gorgeous area was home to the Kalapuya and Molalla peoples, who spent their summers in the high Cascades and their winters in the Willamette Valley. In fact, much of the river was largely unknown to western explorers until October 1853, when a group of Oregon Trail settlers became lost trying to cross the Cascades into the Willamette Valley via the Elliot Cutoff. Not long afterward they discovered the river named for an early fur trader, Donald McKenzie.

There’s always something fun to do when you live, work or visit the McKenzie River community. Please check calendar regularly for updates as to locations, times, speakers and other specifics, as well as cancellations and changes of venue. In addition to the calendar events below, the following are available for your enjoyment:

Featured Events

Lavender Festival
July 12 - July 14, 2019
9am - 5pm
McKenzie River Lavender
40882 McKenzie River Hwy (MP 15.5)
Come enjoy the beautiful blooming lavender at this year’s Lavender Festival. There will be arts & crafts, food, and music daily. This event is a great opportunity for the family to get together and enjoy the wonder of nature.
Chainsaw Art Festival
July 19 - July 21, 2019
Fri. & Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-3pm
5326 Blue River Dr. (MP 40)

Come see the most talented professional carvers in the Northwest turn ordinary wood logs into incredible pieces of art at the beautiful McKenzie Community Track & Field!

Each carver will produce four carves throughout the weekend which will all be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Walterville Fair & Waddle
September 7, 2019
8am - 4pm
Walterville Community Club
39259 Camp Creek Rd. (MP 12.5)
Start your day off with a monring 5k walk/run starting at 8am. Afterwards, enjoy all the festivities including a parade, ribbon competition, and arts & crafts. Finish out the evening with a delicious BBQ chicken dinner. This is an event you don't want to miss.

Community Events

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