pedal-paddle-peddle Pulp Mill to Black Rock Beach
Last sunday I soloed the Mckenzie from my home and back by boat, bike and trailer. It worked out very well and I was able to put in the river in a unique spot.
I've always wanted to float around in the big pond across from the pulp mill in Springfield. It gets its water from the Mckenzie river. I used this place to access the Mckenzie river. It was full of frogs.
I broke down the tailer and put my bike on top. It was all lashed to the boat with two extra life jackets attacted to help it float. I weighed about 50 pound I guess.
There was just enough room in the trailer for the boat and a small ice chest. When I got to Armitage Park I got out, loaded the deflated boat back in the trailer and pedaled home.
I loved the feeling of freedom with bike and boat. No worries about your vehicle getting broke into or pounding down some beer and driving home.
That strech of river was very causal except for one nasty rapid right above Hayden Bridge. I spent some time at Black Rock nudie beach.
I took mask, snorkel and fins and enjoyed drifting down river looking at fish.
1. On my way to the river, 52nd and High Banks rd. Springfield
2. Steath entrance to the river. Just north of the pulp mill. I call it the beaver pond.
3. 75 strokes times three fills the boats three bladders.
4. Ready to load the bike and trailer.
5. I used my crazy creek chair instead of the seat the boat came with. The boat will hold 450 pounds.
6. Frogs were running across the slime to get out of my way.
7. My wake.
8. The beaver pond, an old river channel.
9. Almost to the river.
10. I entered the Mckenzie across from the pulp mill after the slime secret entrance.
Last edited by lef-t; 08-04-2009 at 08:55 PM.
Hayden Bridge to Black Rock
1. The most exciting rapid on the river is right above Hayden Bridge. It's a boat flipper.
2. Abandoned railroad bridge has several rope swings hanging from it. A football player drowned here.
3. Hayden Bridge on Mohawk rd. This is were I should have put in.
4. Coberg Hills looking north.
5. A good spot to snorkel and drift along next to the boat.
6. Black Rock nudie beach. Nice little rapid, I sat here drinking beer and watching tubers slam into the Black Rock in the middle. The river is very deep and swift here.
7. Black Rock, a hard spot to get to.
8. End of day, veiw of Black Rock beach on the Mckenzie river.
The take out spot.
1. I-5 bridge over the Mckenzie river. Near my take out spot.
2. Take out spot.
3. Boat all loaded, I'm heading back home about 10ish miles
4. The best place to take out. Glad I didn't have to worry about my truck sitting there for hours or calling the wife to come get me.
You rock Lef-T. Thanks for taking us with you.
I love mankind - it's people I can't stand. ~Charles M. Schulz
Awesome! Not the most exotic locale, but you make a local ride (and float!) a real adventure -- without ever having to get in a car. Good on ya!
Thanks for the peek at your adventure lef-t.
Do I see gears on that bike? That's something I haven't seen you ride before.
Cool trip, I like the huge pile of bike and trailer in the boat shot.
100% self powered, rock on lef-t! Love the pix, and what a cool local adventure... there are worse places to be