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Oregon whitewater, Deschutes River

Deschutes county, Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     9 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Oregon and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls stretch of Deschutes River in Deschutes County is 9 miles long and it is classified as a class I-IV section by American Whitewater. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon
    is often tougher than elsewhere, so better not forget that many runs in this state are not easy. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking,
either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The beautiful Central Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. The starting location is a short drive from Bend, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There are plenty of  
other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Some magnificent nature is available in Pringle Falls Experimental Forest; you can go for a hike on the Lucky Lake Trail. If you want a tremendous time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Central Cascade Range. Lots of folks from La Pine come to Deschutes River, and don't leave without popping by LaPine State Recreation Area. This is such a wonderful river. If you want to stop by some interesting stuff, stop by Bull Bend. The best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Mt.

Deschutes River, Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Deschutes River.
 Whitewater Near Deschutes River:
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 3 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Pringle Falls to Big River Campground)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 11 miles away
      Class I-V - 18 miles long (Big River Campground to Benham Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 20 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Benham Falls to Dillon Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Dillon Falls to Lava Island Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6 miles long (Lava Island Falls to Mount Bachelor Village)
Squaw Creek, Deschutes County, 23 miles away
      Class IV+ - 6.5 miles long (FS 1514 Bridge to Gaging Station)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sun Country Tours, Deschutes County, 27 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Rafters, Deschutes County, 27 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 29 miles away
      Class IV - 5.2 miles long (Bend to Tumalo State Park)
 Ski Areas Near Deschutes River:
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 14 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 27 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 38 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 79 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 81 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 81 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 85 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Deschutes River:
Best Western Newberry Station, La Pine , 10 miles away
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver , 16 miles away
Tetherow Lodges, Bend , 25 miles away
Entrada Lodge, Bend , 25 miles away
Pine Ridge Inn, Bend , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deschutes River:
Wampus Campground, Deschutes County, 1 miles away
Bull Bend, La Pine, 1 miles away
Wyeth, La Pine, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Deschutes River:
Edison Ice Cave and Lava Trail, Deschutes , 10 miles away, 9 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
Lucky Lake Trail, Deschutes , 14 miles away, 1.3 hiking miles, 254 feet elevation difference
Corral Swamp Trail, Deschutes , 14 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 444 feet elevation difference
Cultus Lake Trail, Deschutes , 15 miles away, 11.1 hiking miles, 604 feet elevation difference
Swampy Lakes Trail, Deschutes , 15 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 177 feet elevation difference
Mud Lake Trail, Deschutes , 16 miles away,  3.8 hiking miles, 212 feet elevation difference
Six Lakes Trail, Deschutes , 16 miles away, 8.3 hiking miles, 1189 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Deschutes River:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 53 miles away
LaPine State Recreation Area, Oregon , 9 miles away
Tumalo State Park, Oregon , 30 miles away
Pilot Butte State Park, Oregon , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deschutes River:
Quail Run Golf Course, La Pine , 11 miles away
Crosswater Golf Course, Bend , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Deschutes River
Wickiup Reservoir, Deschutes , 4 miles away
North Twin Lake, Deschutes , 8 miles away
Crane Prairie Reservoir, Deschutes , 10 miles away

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