One Day Float Trip down the McKenzie River with Helfrich Outfitters

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1 - 2 anglers
1 day
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Located just east of Eugene, Oregon, the McKenzie River is a lively, crystal clear mountain stream; flowing out of the Cascade Mountains, through stretches of lush old growth and bright, new growth forests.  The McKenzie is legendary for its breathtaking scenery and top-notch fly-fishing opportunities. This river is the perfect place to go fishing for anglers of any skill level, from beginner to veteran.  Spend your day with Helfrich River Outfitters in front of a deluxe McKenzie River Drift Boat and experience what has made this locale so famous in comfort and style. 

Your guide’s knowledge of casting and entomology will enhance your ability to catch more fish, while their familiarity with the river will put you at ease.  Trips are available any time, from April through October, every year. Each drift boats will be fully stocked with all the necessary fishing and safety gear. The McKenzie River is renowned for its amazing blue waters, verdant green surroundings and fun fishing for Rainbow Trout.  One of the largest spring-fed rivers in the world, the McKenzie receives a constant flow of fresh water from underground aquifers full of cold clear rain and snowmelt.  It is the purity of the water and the fertile green river banks which make this river such a premier home for trout. 
Join us on the McKenzie for a day of fishing or, even better, a few days in a row.  Each boat holds two guests and your guide along with all the requisite equipment for a successful day on the water.  Access to the river is simple with boat launches conveniently located along the entire stretch.  Each trip is tailored to your unique skill level and desired experience. Your guide will determine the best segment of the river for you given these factors, as well as current fishing conditions and where you are traveling from.
The McKenzie River is a great place to fish for trout, especially from one of our aptly named McKenzie River Drift Boats.  The drift boat was originally designed along the McKenzie River to be a perfect fit to the type of fishing and whitewater you’ll find on this river. These drift boats are the ‘Cadillacs’ of the river offering a comfortable and mostly dry ride, while also providing a stable platform to catch fish from. No need to wade, these boats are very maneuverable and tailor-made to access the best fishing spots. Beautiful Day on the McKenzie RiverEach section of the McKenzie has a slightly different type of beauty to offer, with varying elevation drop and increasing volume of water as you move down stream.  The entire river,from top to bottom, offers the awe-inspiring green beauty of Douglas Firs, Western Red Cedars, Maples and Alders, intermixed with wild flowers and other forest plants.

Groups of ay size can be accommodated in several boats, meeting up for lunch complete with a fish fry along the riverbank.  The riverside lunch provides the perfect opportunity to relax and exchange stories of the mornings catch. 

If you are an expert fisherman and are looking for an all dry-fly fishing experience, you may also be interested in a Helfrich River Trip on the Upper McKenzie River.  These trips are limited to one guest per boat due to the more technical fishing and whitewater.  This trip is the ultimate challenge for dry-fly fisherman, picking small pockets of water with precision casting in search of all native rainbow trout.  This section of the McKenzie is a fly fishing only, wild, catch and release fishery.
River Accommodations
During your trip on the McKenzie you will enjoy a nice relaxing lunch on the riverbank. Each lunch site is set up with comfortable chairs for you to relax in while watching the river flow by. Drink coolers with cold drinks are available in each boat and at lunch. Guests are encouraged to bring any preferred beverages and snacks with them. Guests can choose to bring their own lunch or Helfrich Outfitters can provide one for an extra fee of $20 per boat. We offer every group the opportunity to experience fresh cooked trout, caught by you that morning. Riverside lunches including a fish fry, salads, bread and other choice items. When you book your trip, please notify what you wish to have for lunch.
  • Experienced guide
  • Lunch includes riverside fish fry of the morning's catch along with salad, snacks, and cookies. If you choose to not eat fish, the lunch will include an alternative main dish. Special diets and food allergies can be accommodated with prior notice.
What is Included:
Drinks & Snacks
1 - 2
Daily1 day
Fishing Waters
One of the region's most popular rivers for white water rafting and float boating, the McKenzie also offers easy access to world class trout and steelhead fishing. At this site, just ... more30 minutes east of Springfield on Highway 126, don't be suprised if you find yourself sharing the water with osprey, great blue herons, and bald eagles. These and other species are featured at the accessible Silver Creek Watchable Wildlife Site near Vida.

It’s fair to say that for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors, the city of Bend should be on your radar screen. Once known as a logging town on the Deschutes River, it is now hailed ... moreas premier destination for anyone that likes mountain biking, hiking, skiing, camping, white-water rafting, horseback riding, paragliding, golfing and of course, fly fishing! Lumberjacks may now be hard to find here, but adventure tourists and outdoor sports lovers are in great abundance.

One look at what the city has to offer and it’s easy to understand why Bend is a magnet for athletes and rugged sports enthusiasts. Among many other events, the city has hosted 2 USA Winter Triathlon National Championships, several national cycling competitions, 2 XTERRA National Trail Running Championships and is home to a men’s division 3 Rugby club, a women’s flat track team and a West Coast Collegiate Baseball team. 

Not far from town, is the 1.8 million-acre Deschutes National Forest that contains parts of 5 designated wilderness areas – Mount Jefferson, Mount Thielsen, Mount Washington, Three Sisters and Diamond Peak as well as six National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Great waters to trout fish near Bend include the Crooked River, the Fall River, the Metolius River and the Deschutes River that runs through town. The town also boasts the Old Mill Casting Course, the first and only, 18 station fly casting course where anglers can hone their fishing skills.

If you like to grab a cold one after fishing, Bend has over a dozen microbreweries and offers beer seekers bus tours, horse-drawn carriage tours and bike to beer trails. It even has a “find a beer” phone app. In keeping with other historical tourist towns, Bend has several museums, shopping areas, art galleries, live entertainment, and a wide range of restaurant and lodging choices.

There are several options for traveling to Bend, including:

Fly into Portland International Airport and drive for approximately 3 hours

Fly into Eugene, Oregon Airport and drive for approximately 2 ½ hours

Fly into Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport and drive for approximately 5 ½ hours

Fly into Boise’s BOI Airport and drive for approximately 5 ½ hours
Welcome to the best drift boat fly-fishing trips Oregon & Idaho have to offer! Join the Helfrich family for a drift boat fly fishing trip in Oregon or Idaho. Helfrich River Trips ... moreare known as the most deluxe trips offered in the picturesque Pacific Northwest. The vacation of a lifetime, these trips offer a wonderful experience for guests of all ages.

"History" and "tradition" are words that have different meanings to different people. To us, at Helfrich River Outfitters, they are extremely important because they represent much of what we stand for. The Helfrich name has been synonymous with river running since the mid 1920's.

We are committed to excellent service and the safety of our guests. With state-of-the-art equipment, delicious freshly prepared meals, and a friendly experienced professional staff, we are able to provide river experiences that are second to none.

Why Helfrich

When people ask who they entrust their river vacation with, HELFRICH River Outfitters comes up first every time.Not only are we the oldest and most experienced company on the rivers we specialize in, but our safety record has been flawless since the beginning.

In 1925 when Prince Helfrich first started guiding on the McKenzie, he had an edge on other fishing guides because he added value to his trips with extra things like frying the fish his clients caught on the river bank or bringing one of Marjorie Helfrich’s home made pies to share at lunch time. The concept of added value to our trips has continued for 87 years, and is adopted a Helfrich standard.

Now into our fourth generation, our trips continue to improve and evolve.We have and will continue to always make the trips the best that they can be for our clients. The safety and comfort of our clients is our first concern.

The experience of our crew members and their accommodating and friendly attitudes makes our guests know they are in good hands.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 14 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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