HISTORY

Tom Kaarhus

Woodie Hindman

Prince Helfrich

Rube Montgomery

John West

President Herbert Hoover

The McKenzie River is known for its sports fishing, and many famous anglers stayed at Thomson’s Lodge, which opened in 1912 below Martin Rapids in Ben and Kay Dorris State Park. The lodge, where Herbert Hoover was a regular visitor, was sold in 1948 and was destroyed by fire in April 1954. In 1931, several river guides—including the Thompson family (Carey, Dayton, Milo, and Rube), Prince Helfrich, John and Roy West, and Rube Montgomery—formed McKenzie River Guides Association.