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Oregon whitewater, Deschutes River

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


CLASS III     2.5 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Bend, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. For all you camping people there are
    campgrounds nearby. The natural beauty of Deschutes County and the water flowing gracefully down Deschutes River beats anything. The Dillon Falls to Lava Island Falls section is one of many paddling sections in this river
system. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This stretch of Deschutes River is 2.5 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Bend here at Deschutes River. Upper Falls Deschutes
River is an inspiring spot to stop by while here, and Deschutes River is right by the Swampy Lakes Trail. At this river you will never have a bad time. You need to pop by Lava Island if you're here at Deschutes River, and don't leave Deschutes River without first paying a visit to Dillon Falls. Deschutes River is next to Pilot Butte State Park which is a gorgeous spot. Tumalo State Park is both magnificent and striking, and it's in the neighborhood of Deschutes River. At Deschutes River you donít see much precipitation. December is when you get the most snow here, and the driest month is July.

Deschutes River, Dillon Falls to Lava Island 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 III - 2.5 miles long (Dillon Falls to Lava Island Falls)
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 I-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Benham Falls to Dillon Falls)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Rafters, Deschutes County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Sun Country Tours, Deschutes County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 5.2 miles long (Bend to Tumalo State Park)
Whitewater Outfitter - Ouzel Outfitters River Trips, Deschutes County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 10 miles away
      Class I-V - 18 miles long (Big River Campground to Benham Falls)
Whitewater Outfitter - Osprey Adventures Rafting, Deschutes County, 10 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 , 47 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 70 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 , 71 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 73 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Deschutes River:
Tetherow Lodges, Bend , 4 miles away
Entrada Lodge, Bend , 4 miles away
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver , 6 miles away
Pine Ridge Inn, Bend , 6 miles away
TownePlace Suites Bend Near Mt. Bachelor, Bend , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deschutes River:
Scandia RV and Mobile Park, Bend, 7 miles away
Snowy River RV Park, Bend, 8 miles away
Bend Keystone RV 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 , 9 miles away
Pilot Butte State Park, Oregon , 10 miles away
LaPine State Recreation Area, Oregon , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deschutes River:
Widgi Creek Golf Club, Bend , 2 miles away
Tetherow Golf Club, Bend , 4 miles away
Broken Top, Bend , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Deschutes River
Paulina Lake, Deschutes , 16 miles away

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