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Since 1941, this beautiful river cottage has brought joy and memories to many! From vacations, weekend date nights,  to honeymoons, the historic  Blue Heaven Cabin  ( Cabin #1 at Heavens Gate Cabins) on the McKenzie River is not to be missed!  We are in Vida, Oregon near Finn Rock at mile 36.5 up the McKenzie River (on the Cook Rapids) which winds through the volcanic Cascade Mountains.  Our family used to operate a famous river lodge and cabins in the 1940's ( The Porter's Hawthorne House) just downriver, but this Cabin Number 1 ( the Blue Heaven Cabin) is where our hearts lie and you will want to return! We know the river, and we know you will love this cabin!  Bring a fishing pole and binoculors!

Call 206-817-9909 to book!

Cozy and Beautful River Cottage


This 900 square foot cozy cabin has a spacious  master bedroom and separate Great Room with large windows looking out over the rapids. (much larger than a studio cabin.) Cook meals in the kitchen or on the Weber BBQ out on the river deck. You are not just on the river, you are  even OVER the river!  And, across the McKenzie is old-growth Douglas Fir and Western Redcedar on the river and  in the mountains of the Willamette  National Forest.

Fish From the Deck


Relax to the sound of the McKenzie's turquoise waters at Lower Cook's Rapids  as a cozy Lopi Woodstove flickers and warms the Great Room.  Bring your fishing pole, as you can fish for  rainbow trout  from the deck!  Come to the Heavens Gate River Cottage in Vida. President Herbert Hoover fished this river often! You will love this McKenzie River Cabin- Blue Heaven River Cottage in Vida :the best of cabin rentals.  This Heavens Gate River Cabin in Vida is not to be missed!

Additional Information at Heavens Gate River Cabin

The Cozy Romantic Cabin


This is a 900 -square foot cabin. The knotty pine and white fir floors add a romantic ambience.   It has a large master with a king bed, a Great Room with a new Stanton, leather queen sleeper sofa(you won't feel that horrid 'bar in your back'), full bathroom, full kitchen with full sized glass top oven and stainless refrigerator. It is rustic with modern touches. 

There is a well-stocked game closet with many board games, puzzles, and even an extra second , small portable TV with movies for kids or adults.

The is a new full size washer and dryer for weekly stays. It has a fireplace, with a romantic wood stove which has a large glass window,  and dual  zone  heating and also excellent  dual zone air conditioning.

The Unique Location


The Blue Heaven River Cottage (1941) is historic was once part of the old Seymour's Ranch, just west of Finn Rock.  You can stroll in the 4 acre meadow across the road.  Or take  a short walk down the riverside Grizzly Bear path. It is located at milepost 36.5 on the McKenzie Highway, and is literally right on the river( the river deck is OVER the river). It is unique that it is on rapids, and has an old growth forest across the river.  Many cabins claim to be riverfront, but few are on rapids, built on supports cantilevered over the river with the beautiful privacy of an old -growth national forest across the rapids and riffles of the McKenzie.  This is not the narrow upper river, this is the main, wider part of the McKenzie, on rapids,  and is thus much louder. The location is also unique because the morning sun fully hits the river deck as you are having coffee as does the setting sun with your dinner.



May 2017

"We stayed here on our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. Waking up to the river on the balcony was one of our favorite parts."(Facebook)

March -2017  " I have been staying at this place for 10 years, and is just keeps getting better! The  sound of the river is amazing and the comfortable beds make for amazing  nights sleep".(Yelp)

January 2017 "The cabin is very clean, well ordered, and relaxing space. The traffic sounds from the highway are muted by the soundproofing windows, and more so by the murmur of the water outside the wall of windows looking out over the river and across to the forest." ( Google)



Stay a week!  You also get full use of the washer and dryer, located in a separate room. Actually, if you request, we let you use them and supply detergent for free.  They are new and full sized high efficiency units. Yes..no charge.

October through April is only $135-145/night
May through September is $140-$175 night.  
Very lenient cancellation rule should your plans change..we want you to come back at Blue Heaven!  

 The Blue Heaven River Cabin ,  Cabin Number One at Heavens Gate Cabins is  privately owned...only ONE cabin.
Remember, Cabin #1.

This McKenzie River Cabin- Blue Heaven River Cabin ( #1) is  in Vida, at MP 36.5.
Our Fishing Cabin Rental on McKenzie River in McKenzie Bridge area is downriver about 15 minutes.
This cozy and romantic 1940's Mountain Cabin Rental on McKenzie River is  in  the Blue River, about 4 miles west. Cabin Rental on McKenzie River in Blue River McKenzie River Cabin- Blue Heaven River Cottage in Vida.

Updates at Blue Heaven Cottage


The cabin has a new 2 -zone heat pump    ( though he romantic wood stove really pumps the heat  too), and a 2 zone air conditioner for those hot summer days. Teakwood benches( and tables) on the deck allow excellent views of nature. If you like bird watching, bring binoculars!  There is a wrought iron table and chairs under the river deck ( if it rains)   also, to include a Grizzly  Bear (Mama Bear and Cubs chainsawed by local artist) River Path with sitting area.  

The stainless stove and refrigerator are a year old.  The quality linens  all 500 or more thread  count.

The mega bass stereo is  new and plays CDs and or Bluetooth. There is a small selection of excellent nature CDs in the cabin.

The large flat screen TV, the Soundbar for amplification, and the DVD player are all a year old. There is a large  selection (100+)of classic movies in the cabin.

Lots on new board games ( 30+) and puzzles too!   Call 206-817-9909 to book! 

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Yes, cabin rental this really sleeps 4 easily, and the Master King is a private room.  There is a new Stanton leather queen sleeper( no bar in the back!) and  another child's cot if there are 5 (for like a family..but 4 would be better). 

Can we use the washer and dryer at Heavens Gate River Cottage in Vida?

Yes, if you are staying more than 3 nights, just let me know ( detergent included). Or, if you really need it, we  will unlock for you.

Sorry, no wifi available this  part of the river. But, we have large flat screen with lots of  DVDs.

Yes, the roadside windows are double paned  Sound -Proof glass. The river side are nice  and thin, to hear the river.

We know what you want! :)

Yes, the kitchen is fully stocked. We offer 2 different blends( full pots) of (good) coffee at no charge.

Brand new Emeril  knife ( sharp!) butcher block too.

Yes, cabin #1 at Heavens Gate River Cottage is also referred to as the "Blue Heaven Cabin", and has had the same owner Since 2015.  But it is privately owned, and much has been updated in it over the last 3 years.  

Yes, you can really catch trout from the deck and/or the shore and cook them up for lunch on the outdoor BBQ or the kitchen.

The bathroom toilet is new and comfort height. There are no steps, the cabin is ADA accessible (roomy). Grab bars too.

Sorry, no pets. We love pets, but some people have allergies, and we keep the cabin spotless.

Come to the best McKenzie River Vacation Rental, McKenzie River Vacation Rental in Vida cabin rentals in Vida, Oregon.

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Come to the River!

Trout fishing down Cook Rapids past the beautiful Blue Heaven Cottage(Cabin #1) at Heavensgate River Cabins ( privately owned).      Call 206-817-9909 to book directly.   

                                   E mail at : jpfairmont@yahoo.com

The BEST trout fishing in the WORLD! At Cabin 1!

Trout fishing down Cook Rapids past the beautiful Blue Heaven Cottage(Cabin #1) at Heavensgate River Cabins

 ( privately owned).      Call 206-817-9909 to book directly.   

                                   E mail at : jpfairmont@yahoo.com

Tour Cabin 1 at Heavens Gate- Blue Heaven Cabin

Take a stroll inside the 1941 knotty pine-walled cabin. It is  the Blue Heaven Cabin at Heavensgate Cabins.

Things to Do!

See YOU at Heavens Gate's Blue Heaven Cabin Soon!

Hiking the McKenzie Wonderland!

HikingThe McKenzie River Trail

McKenzie River Trail- Absolute Beauty and right on the river( 26 miles)


Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls

Very easy to  get to. The " Waterfall Loop Trail"! This is the birth of the McKenzie ( other than Clear Lake).


Tamolich Blue Pool

Two miles in where the river bubbles up into a crystal clear BLUE POOL!


Fire and Ice Moonscape!

Dee Wright Observatory at 5.87 feet is a panoramic party to the senses!  You MUST drive the Old McKenzie Highway! Really!


The Willamette National Forest

Well, just across the river is the National Forest!  Huge firs and cedars!  But, check out this  link for hundreds of things to do!


The Three Sisters Wilderness

All volcanoes, and all over 10,000 feet! Glaciers and lava...do not miss this!


Hot Springs and Covered Bridges!


Covered Bridges Just Down the Street

Both east and west of the cabin 10 minutes.

The Goodpasture Bridge where my mom grew up next to.


And the Belknap Bridge just east


Take a Soak! Oh..my Aching Legs!

Just east 20 minutes is beautiful Belknap Hot Springs ( $8) and gardens.


Or, without a suit at Terwilliger ( Cougar) Hotsprings (Temporarily closed  after the Terwilliger Fire of 2018.)


Go Fishing! And the Scenery is incredible too!

A great friend, and in my opinion, the best on the River!  Alexander Guide Services!  Rafting or guided fishing trips.

Raft Trips too:

Half day $60 + tip/(bring your own lunch and bevs)

Full Day 75 + tip( my choice!) Includes awesome lunch laid out along the river! Call Robin now!


Robin Alexander..tell him Jeff Sent You! 

I book a FISHING  trip every year and we all limit out in our four boats!

Check out some pics:


Going for a Drive!

You must go up the old McKenzie  Pass! Check this out:

The McKenzie Pass Byway:


This one is gorgeous, but a bit further away east:

Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway



Just 10 minutes east! My favorite golf course in the USA!  Inexpensive and beautiful!


Dan King- PGA Pro runs the place....great guy!

Go Row a Boat!

This is so gorgeous. We were here for the total eclipse in August of 2017.  Rent a row boat and go out on this lake!


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Glad you have come back to stay! I have owned the river  cabin since 2015.   You can call me direct to book. We take all major credit cards or checks.

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A Beautiful Drive Up the River!

Our cabin is Cabin Number 1 ( The Blue Heaven River Cabin), located at the HeavensGate River Cabins.  It is the large one located furthest east. We are at milepost 36.5 on the river side of the McKenzie Highway ( 85 miles from Bend). The best cabin rental in Vida/ Finn Rock on the best part of the river!  You can book direct. Save $!

McKenzie River Cabin- Blue Heaven River Cottage

50018 McKenzie Highway, Vida, OR 97488

206-817-9909 or e mail jpfairmont@yahoo.com


Open 365 days a year.

Call the owner Jeff to book. Check in is 3:00  PM, and check out is 11:00 AM.

* we don't put you on an e mail registry.


Jeff - Owner

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