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Oregon whitewater, Deschutes River

Deschutes county, Pringle Falls to Big River Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     16 miles
  The Pringle Falls to Big River Campground stretch of Deschutes River is 16 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The average Oregon whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The scenic beauty of Oregon and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have
    people coming here. The beauty of the Central Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Bend, if you're not familiar with
the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is not the only  
paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Swampy Lakes Trail; Deschutes River is not far at all from La Pine. These mountains rock, just explore all the amusing stuff to do in the Central Cascade Range. The snow is great at Mt. Bachelor, and a perfect site like LaPine State Recreation Area is too tremendous to leave out. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Fall River Falls is a wonderful spot to pop by while you're at Deschutes River. There's good hiking along the Edison Ice Cave and Lava Trail.

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


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Deschutes River.
 Whitewater Near Deschutes River:
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Pringle Falls to Big River Campground)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 4 miles away
      Class I-V - 18 miles long (Big River Campground to Benham Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 11 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 12 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Benham Falls to Dillon Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Dillon Falls to Lava Island Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6 miles long (Lava Island Falls to Mount Bachelor Village)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sun Country Tours, Deschutes County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Rafters, Deschutes County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Squaw Creek, Deschutes County, 21 miles away
      Class IV+ - 6.5 miles long (FS 1514 Bridge to Gaging Station)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 22 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 , 35 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 , 77 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 78 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 78 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 81 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Deschutes River:
Best Western Newberry Station, La Pine , 7 miles away
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver , 9 miles away
Tetherow Lodges, Bend , 18 miles away
Entrada Lodge, Bend , 18 miles away
Pine Ridge Inn, Bend , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deschutes River:
LaPine State Park, La Pine, 1 miles away
La Pine State Park, La Pine, 2 miles away
Lapine State Recreation Area, -blank-, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Deschutes River:
Swampy Lakes Trail, Deschutes , 11 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 177 feet elevation difference
Edison Ice Cave and Lava Trail, Deschutes , 11 miles away, 9 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
Mud Lake Trail, Deschutes , 17 miles away,  3.8 hiking miles, 212 feet elevation difference
Broken Top Trail, Deschutes , 17 miles away, 7.3 hiking miles, 498 feet elevation difference
Three Creek Lake Trail, Deschutes , 18 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 900 feet elevation difference
Quinn Creek Trail, Deschutes , 18 miles away, 7.2 hiking miles, 662 feet elevation difference
Lucky Lake Trail, Deschutes , 18 miles away, 1.3 hiking miles, 254 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Deschutes River:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 59 miles away
LaPine State Recreation Area, Oregon , 2 miles away
Tumalo State Park, Oregon , 23 miles away
Pilot Butte State Park, Oregon , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deschutes River:
Quail Run Golf Course, La Pine , 5 miles away
Crosswater Golf Course, Bend , 8 miles away
Widgi Creek Golf Club, Bend , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Deschutes River
Wickiup Reservoir, Deschutes , 11 miles away
North Twin Lake, Deschutes , 15 miles away
Crane Prairie Reservoir, Deschutes , 16 miles away

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