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Oregon whitewater, Deschutes River

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


CLASS I-V     18 miles
  The nature scenery of Oregon and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch of Deschutes River in Oregon is 18 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-V section. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are many good hotels to choose from, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Great exercise
    and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Big River Campground to Benham Falls stretch is just one of them. You can enjoy this stretch
more if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. The starting point is not too far from Bend, as you can see on the road map further down. The wild scenery of the Central Cascade Range is great. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're not from around here don't forget  
that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Deschutes River; Swampy Lakes Trail is a great local trail. Going to LaPine State Recreation Area near Deschutes River is a pleasant thing to do; Deschutes River is a place with many visitors from Bend. This river is so good. Throughout the warm months at Deschutes River temperatures are commonly in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 40's. Highs all through the wintertime are frequently in the 30's, and after the sun is down during the wintertime temperatures at Deschutes River descend into the 10's.

Deschutes River, Big River Campground to Benham Falls 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-V - 18 miles long (Big River Campground to Benham Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 4 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Benham Falls to Dillon Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Dillon Falls to Lava Island Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6 miles long (Lava Island Falls to Mount Bachelor Village)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sun Country Tours, Deschutes County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Rafters, Deschutes County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Pringle Falls to Big River Campground)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 5.2 miles long (Bend to Tumalo State Park)
Whitewater Outfitter - Ouzel Outfitters River Trips, Deschutes County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Osprey Adventures Rafting, Deschutes County, 15 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Deschutes River:
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 17 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 39 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 42 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 74 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 74 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 75 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 77 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Deschutes River:
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver , 1 miles away
Tetherow Lodges, Bend , 10 miles away
Entrada Lodge, Bend , 10 miles away
Best Western Newberry Station, La Pine , 11 miles away
Pine Ridge Inn, Bend , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deschutes River:
Snowy River RV Park, Bend, 2 miles away
Big River, Bend, 4 miles away
Land Of Lakes RV Resort, La Pine, 7 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 , 16 miles away, 9 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
Paulina Peak Trail, Deschutes , 16 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
Broken Top Trail, Deschutes , 19 miles away, 7.3 hiking miles, 498 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Deschutes River:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 67 miles away
LaPine State Recreation Area, Oregon , 7 miles away
Tumalo State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
Pilot Butte State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deschutes River:
Crosswater Golf Course, Bend , 1 miles away
Quail Run Golf Course, La Pine , 6 miles away
Widgi Creek Golf Club, Bend , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Deschutes River
Paulina Lake, Deschutes , 16 miles away
Wickiup Reservoir, Deschutes , 19 miles away

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