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Oregon whitewater, Deschutes River

Deschutes county, Lava Island Falls to Mount Bachelor Village section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     6 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Deschutes County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Bend, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Lodging is available near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular
    destination. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The Lava Island Falls to Mount Bachelor Village section of Deschutes River in Oregon is 6 miles
long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V+ section. The average Oregon whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming  
here.

Briefly about the general area:
Tumalo State Park is a perfect location to stretch your legs a bit; Lava Island is an interesting thing to see while you're here. If you're dropping by Deschutes River from Bend, you won't be the only one; hiking along the Swampy Lakes Trail is glorious fun. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Upper Falls Deschutes River is a great local attraction; Pilot Butte State Park is a scenic location any time of year. It's always perfect to have a look at Lava Island Falls. High temperatures at Deschutes River during the months of summer are in the 80's.

Deschutes River, Lava Island Falls to Mount Bachelor Village road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Deschutes River.
 Whitewater Near Deschutes River:
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6 miles long (Lava Island Falls to Mount Bachelor Village)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Dillon Falls to Lava Island Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 3 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Benham Falls to Dillon Falls)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Rafters, Deschutes County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Sun Country Tours, Deschutes County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 5.2 miles long (Bend to Tumalo State Park)
Whitewater Outfitter - Ouzel Outfitters River Trips, Deschutes County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park)
Whitewater Outfitter - Osprey Adventures Rafting, Deschutes County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 11 miles away
      Class I-V - 18 miles long (Big River Campground to Benham Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Deschutes River:
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 20 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 39 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 49 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 69 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 70 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 70 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 72 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Deschutes River:
Tetherow Lodges, Bend , 3 miles away
Entrada Lodge, Bend , 3 miles away
TownePlace Suites Bend Near Mt. Bachelor, Bend , 5 miles away
La Quinta Inn Bend, Bend , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Bend, Bend , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deschutes River:
Scandia RV and Mobile Park, Bend, 6 miles away
Bend Keystone RV Park, Bend, 7 miles away
Simax - Deschutes National Forest, Bend, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Deschutes River:
Swampy Lakes Trail, Deschutes , 13 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 177 feet elevation difference
Paulina Peak Trail, Deschutes , 18 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 446 feet elevation difference
Three Creek Lake Trail, Deschutes , 18 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 900 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Deschutes River:
Tumalo State Park, Oregon , 8 miles away
Pilot Butte State Park, Oregon , 9 miles away
LaPine State Recreation Area, Oregon , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deschutes River:
Widgi Creek Golf Club, Bend , 1 miles away
Tetherow Golf Club, Bend , 3 miles away
Broken Top, Bend , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Deschutes River
Paulina Lake, Deschutes , 16 miles away
Mayfield Pond, Deschutes , 19 miles away

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