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Oregon whitewater, Deschutes River

Deschutes county, Benham Falls to Dillon Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-V(V+)     2.5 miles
  If you're coming from Bend it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful Deschutes County scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Oregon tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This stretch
    is short so no need to bring snacks. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but you'd better reserve
in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Benham Falls to Dillon Falls stretch is just one of many. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
You beyond doubt have to stop at Pilot Butte State Park
since you're here at Deschutes River; folks from Bend love to come here. A tour to Deschutes River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Dillon Falls. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Swampy Lakes Trail, and a short tour to Benham Falls is always worthwhile. Tumalo State Park is a splendid site to have a look at on a beautiful day. Deschutes River is a location that is pretty dry generally. For the duration of December this area sees the most snow while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Deschutes River, and the nighttime is somewhat chillier of course, generally in the 40's.

Deschutes River, Benham Falls to Dillon 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, 1 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Benham Falls to Dillon Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Dillon Falls to Lava Island Falls)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6 miles long (Lava Island Falls to Mount Bachelor Village)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sun Country Tours, Deschutes County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Rafters, Deschutes County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 5.2 miles long (Bend to Tumalo State Park)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 9 miles away
      Class I-V - 18 miles long (Big River Campground to Benham Falls)
Whitewater Outfitter - Ouzel Outfitters River Trips, Deschutes County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park)
Whitewater Outfitter - Osprey Adventures Rafting, Deschutes County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Deschutes River:
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 19 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 39 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 46 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 71 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 71 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 72 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 74 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Deschutes River:
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver , 4 miles away
Tetherow Lodges, Bend , 5 miles away
Entrada Lodge, Bend , 5 miles away
Pine Ridge Inn, Bend , 7 miles away
TownePlace Suites Bend Near Mt. Bachelor, Bend , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deschutes River:
Snowy River RV Park, Bend, 6 miles away
Scandia RV and Mobile Park, Bend, 8 miles away
Meissner Sno-Park, Bend, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Deschutes River:
Swampy Lakes Trail, Deschutes , 12 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 177 feet elevation difference
Paulina Peak Trail, Deschutes , 17 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
Edison Ice Cave and Lava Trail, Deschutes , 19 miles away, 9 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Deschutes River:
Tumalo State Park, Oregon , 11 miles away
Pilot Butte State Park, Oregon , 11 miles away
LaPine State Recreation Area, Oregon , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deschutes River:
Widgi Creek Golf Club, Bend , 3 miles away
Tetherow Golf Club, Bend , 5 miles away
Crosswater Golf Course, Bend , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Deschutes River
Paulina Lake, Deschutes , 16 miles away

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