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.
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.