Road Trip: McKenzie River Valley

by Tina Lassen

A string of riverside communities greets the wild and oh-so-scenic McKenzie River as it drains down from the Cascade Mountains and tumbles west toward Eugene. Easy to reach along the McKenzie River Highway (OR-126), they’re your gateway to this river valley’s incomparable natural attractions. Lane Transit District will even handle the driving, with bus service from Eugene to McKenzie Bridge.

Walterville

The McKenzie River Highway heads west from Eugene-Springfield, first crossing its namesake river at Hendricks Bridge Park near Walterville. One of many public access spots along the river, the park has a grassy picnic area and a busy boat launch. The cold and clear McKenzie has long been an angler’s favorite. The McKenzie drift boat originated here, a dory specifically designed to navigate the river’s current in search of summer steelhead and spring chinook. Many area guides work the McKenzie in one of these time-tested boats. The McKenzie River Guides Association, based in Walterville, provides a list of qualified guides and outfitters. The organization has been active in river conservation since the 1930s.

Leaburg and Vida

The McKenzie River Highway never strays far from the river east of Walterville. The state heavily stocks this stretch of the river with fish, so it’s particularly popular for trout fishing. (Healthy wild trout populations reside in the river’s upper reaches and downstream of Hendricks Bridge.) The Leaburg Hatchery raises more than a million rainbow trout and steelhead every year. Visitors can view and feed a variety of fish in the facility’s landscaped show ponds and watch spawning chinook from a viewing platform in the fall.

Two miles east, the Goodpasture Covered Bridge stretches 165 feet across the river; it’s the second-longest covered bridge in the state. Built in 1938, the cheery white structure is made extra charming by a row of 10 louvered and arched windows. The river grows more rambunctious a few miles upstream near Vida, where it tumbles through the Class III Marten Rapids near Ben & Kay Dorris County Park. Local rafting companies like Helfrich River Outfitter and High Country Expeditions offer a variety of trips, from mellow to exciting, on the Upper and Lower McKenzie.

Many area lodgings put you close enough to hear the splash of the rapids. East of Vida, 5 acres of gardens surround the lovely Eagle Rock Lodge, with 400 feet of river frontage for expansive views. Also near Vida, the Wayfarer Resort’s 13 cabins sit along the waters of the McKenzie River and Marten Creek.

Blue River

Along with the McKenzie River (which is also very blue), Blue River offers access to the calmer waters of Blue River Lake and Cougar Reservoir. Follow Forest Road 19 to the northwest corner of Cougar Reservoir, where a short hike leads to the steaming pools of Terwilliger Hot Springs, or Cougar Hot Springs. FR-19 is also known as Aufderheide Scenic Drive, leading south past the Three Sisters Wilderness. It’s part of the West Cascades Scenic Byway.

If you’re impressed with the majesty of the Pacific Northwest’s old-growth forests in the region — and who wouldn’t be? — treat yourself to an even more astounding view. Using rock-climbing equipment, certified guides at the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute in Blue River will guide you up into the canopy of a 280-foot Douglas fir in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

McKenzie Bridge

McKenzie Bridge takes its name from the Belknap Covered Bridge, which spans the river near Rainbow. Hikers and bikers know the community as the southern trailhead of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail, a 26-mile route that parallels the Upper McKenzie as it tumbles through lava flows and over waterfalls. Mountain bikers consider it one of the top rides in the country; Cog Wild runs shuttles to simplify logistics for the adventure, usually ridden one way, north to south. Horse Creek Lodge & Outfitters rents bikes for this excursion and also offers a shuttle service. Hikers can make several different loop hikes off the main trail, including one that visits Sahalie and Koosah falls. If you want to just kick back and watch the river flow, book a quaint riverside cottage at the Caddisfly Resort. The McKenzie River Ranger Station has maps and information to help plan your adventure.


Posted on July 24, 2018 at 12:53 pm
Nadine Scott | Posted in Explore the McKenzie |

9 Things You Should Consider Before Buying A Vacation Home

by Kate Ashford | Forbes

About one in eight homebuyers is buying a second home, according to research from the National Association of Realtors. And summer is a time of year when buyers think about it.

Consider: You’ve just had a great summer trip to a relaxing location, and you’re wondering whether you should get yourself a permanent place there. Or you’re emerging from a long, cold winter, and you’re thinking of snagging a condo somewhere warm where you can escape in January.

Before you start putting a down payment together, here’s what you should ask yourself:

Where is it? It’s nice to contemplate a second place in Florida when you live in upstate New York—but are you going to want to jump on a plane several times a year to get there? “It’s ideal to be able to get to your vacation home within a two-hour window, especially if you are working or have a young family,” says Elizabeth Scheiderer, a financial planner in Mayfield Heights, OH. “You’re much more likely to actually use it.”

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It’s also wise to think about whether you’re purchasing in an area that experiences severe weather during the year. “Purchasing a second home in a hurricane prone area is not the best decision, which I wish I had known a decade ago when we purchased a second home on Hilton Head Island,” says Thomas Balcom, a financial planner in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL. “Our primary residence is in South Florida, which is often in the ‘cone’ of many hurricanes. This was a hard lesson to learn two years ago when both homes experienced damage during back-to-back storms.”

Have you visited more than once? Ideally, you’ll want to spend a solid amount of time in a location before buying property there. “Get to know the area and whether it’s going to offer you a potential boost in the future or if it’s an area that may suffer economically,” says Monica Dwyer, a financial planner in West Chester, OH. “Does it rely on a specific industry or company, and what would happen if there were a slump in the economy? Find a real estate agent that has a lot of local experience that could help you figure this out.

Would you rent it? If you plan to rent the property to help with expenses, first make sure the community allows short-term rentals. Plan for additional expenses, including a management company, potential damages and repairs, and for the property to go unrented for some periods. “If you use the property for personal use for more than 14 days during the year, then a portion of the expenses will not be tax deductible,” says Nicole Theisen Strbich, a financial planner in Alexandria, VA. “If you are married and your adjusted gross income is above $150,000, any losses from the rental property will not be tax deductible and are carried forward to future years.”

When would you use it? If you’re thinking of renting it out, and you primarily want to stay there when other people would want to stay there, that could be an issue. “If it’s a ski condo and you want it for skiing, that’s also when your potential rental pool would want it,” says Judy McNary, a financial planner in Boulder, CO. “Are you willing to give up use during your desired time? Or is the property in a place that is multi-seasonal that could be rented during high season but used by you happily during shoulder season?”

What kind of lifestyle do you want in retirement? If this second property is for your later years, this is an important thing to consider. “For many, they think their second home should be equivalent to their primary home, and I’d argue it doesn’t need to be,” says Brett Anderson, a financial planner in Hudson, WI. “When you evaluate your lifestyle priorities, chances are you’ll discover you won’t need to spend or invest as much into a second home.”

Have you calculated the carrying costs? Sure, you work the costs of the second mortgage into your cash flow, but have you considered the other expenses that come with a second property? “There could be HOA fees, property taxes, insurance, yard maintenance and cleaning costs,” Scheiderer says. “Especially in resort towns, these services may come at a premium price.”

Does your accountant approve? Have you run your second home dreams past your financial professional? “A wrinkle with buying a second home, stemming from the new tax code, is that the property taxes on the second property will likely not be deductible,” says Samual Boyd, a financial planner in Washington, D.C. “With a $10,000 State and Local Tax (SALT) limitation, most people won’t benefit from any property tax deduction on the second property.”

Can you still meet long-term financial goals? Will you be able to continue to save for retirement, college, a wedding or something else long-term? There’s nothing wrong with shifting a plan for a new priority, but you have to think it through. “I recently spoke with someone about this because they are thinking of building a beach house, and after going through their financial plan and the budget for the house, they may not be able to contribute as much toward their college savings goals,” says Carrie Galloway, a financial planner in New York City. “We’ve discussed and laid out that they may need to sell the beach house or downsize their current home when it comes time for their children to go to college.”

Are you counting on continuous appreciation? “We bought in 1999 and the value went straight up… until 2008, when the value plummeted, along with all real estate,” says Leon LaBrecque, a financial planner in Troy, MI. “We are back on the plus side, and right now, we’re gaining about 4% a year and paying 3.5% on the mortgage, so we are winning. Contrast that to 2009, when we were paying 3.5% and losing 20%. Ugly, and not the kind of investment we like, but we sure used the cottage.”


Posted on July 16, 2018 at 2:05 pm
Nadine Scott | Posted in Real Estate |

McKenzie River Trail Named #1 Trail in America

by mckenzierivertrail.com

Whether Biking, Walking or Running – this is one of the most spectacular trails to travel.

Through lush 300 year old old growth forrests and lava feilds, along side lakes so clean you can see over a100 feet to the bottom!

Traverse handmade log bridges over the multiple streams and rivers that join to make up the majestic McKenzie River.  Follow the river as it abruptly stops and dissapears into a lava flow and mysteriously starts again some distance later – seemingly out of nowehere.

Stop and wonder how the Tomolich pool could be such a vibrant topaz blue.  Continue down the trail following a wild mountain river and her many large and small waterfalls.

Once you’ve spent some time here, its easy to see why Bike Magazine and her readers gave the McKenzie River Trail its prized #1 spot for best trails in America.

 


Posted on July 16, 2018 at 12:33 pm
Nadine Scott | Posted in Explore the McKenzie |

McKenzie Valley Stats

This graph shows the active inventory for the McKenzie River Valley

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Posted on July 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm
Nadine Scott | Posted in Real Estate | Tagged ,

McKenzie River Riverfront Properties

McKenzie River riverfront properties Nestled in the Cascade Mountains lies the 90 mile long McKenzie River. Originating in Clear Lake, this waterway boasts pristine views, relaxing activities, and prime riverfront properties. Fishing, boating, and hiking are never far off when you live along the McKenzie River, and the scenic views are never ending. Having lived in the McKenzie River Valley myself for over 40 years


Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:26 am
Nadine Scott | Posted in Real Estate |