Community Members Tour Green Island

NEAR EUGENE, Ore. — Community members got the chance to explore Green Island Saturday afternoon. It’s the area near where the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers meet. The McKenzie River Trust put on the Living Rivers Celebration Saturday so people could take tours, climb trees, and learn more about the land this conservation group protects. “It’s … Continue reading »

Young Salmon Taxied Downstream

Near BLUE RIVER, Ore. — Young salmon on the McKenzie River are getting a free ride downstream that could help more of them survive. Their taxi? A $5 million portable floating fish collector. This is the first of its kind in the Willamette Basin. It pulls water in with juvenile spring Chinook salmon in it, … Continue reading »

Interview: McKenzie River Trust

EUGENE, Ore. — Those who want to see the Willamette River in a new way can take a guided raft trip to explore botany, birds, amphibians and restoration projects currently underway. Nicole Nielson-Pincus of the McKenzie River Trust joined us in the studio at KEZI 9 News This Morning to tell us more about what … Continue reading »

Three Rescued from McKenzie River

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Rescue workers flocked to Bellinger Landing County Park to save three people who fell in the McKenzie River on Saturday afternoon. A Eugene man, his brother and his teenage son were canoeing on the river when their boat flipped over. Rescuers say the accident shows how dangerous the McKenzie rapids can be, … Continue reading »

Woman Dies After Being Pulled from River

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Crews responded to calls of a woman floating in the McKenzie River near Hayden Bridge just after 12 a.m. Friday. The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department and Lane County Search and Rescue launched rescue boats into the McKenzie River to retrieve the woman a half mile downstream from Hayden Bridge. Witnesses said they tried … Continue reading »

Rafters Rescued from McKenzie River

MCKENZIE RIVER, Ore. — A group of river-goers was successfully rescued after being stuck on a rock in the McKenzie river. The photos in the gallery below were taken of the rescue on Marten rapids by West Coast Action Photos Six people were stranded on this rock after their raft got stuck. Another raft floating … Continue reading »

Two Men Rescued on the McKenzie River

EUGENE, Ore — Two men are safe after the Coast Guard fishes the pair from the middle of the McKenzie River. KEZI 9 News was there for the dramatic rescue. Safe and sound, on ground, Earl Goodman and Bob Jenkins sum up their ordeal. “We made a bad choice, just an error in judgment I … Continue reading »