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:

Community Events

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Featured Events

Walterville Fair & Waddle
September 7, 2019
8am - 4pm
Walterville Community Club
39259 Camp Creek Rd. (MP 12.5)
Start your day off with a morning 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.
Cycle Oregon
September 7 - September 14, 2019
September stopover in Rainbow, Oregon

Cycle Oregon - September stopover in Rainbow, Oregon

Cycle Oregon is setting off on a not-to-be-missed ride through the geological wonderland that is Crater Lake and the Central Oregon Cascades. We’ve handpicked for the pedaling an unforgettable journey through lava-hewn landscapes, cascading rivers, and ever-present peaks. We’ll ride through colorful communities that welcome visitors like family on our way to the legendary rim of Crater Lake – the sapphire jewel of Oregon’s only National Park.
McKenzie Christmas Bazaar 2019
December 7, 2019
9:00 AM
Walterville Community Center
The Vida McKenzie Community Center will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar at the Walterville Community Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy unique crafts, Santa’s workshop, delicious food and a raffle!