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Oregon whitewater, Deschutes River

Jefferson county, Lower Bridge to Billy Chinook Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV+     15 miles
  This section of Deschutes River in Jefferson County is 15 miles long and it is classified as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Oregon and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. 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. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem
but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either  
way this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to The Cove Palisades State Park near Deschutes River is a fine thing to do, and going for a hike along the Reservation Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Peter Skene Ogden State Park is a good place to explore on a gorgeous day; you'll probably meet some folks from Culver here. This river is a wonderful place to visit. A spree to Deschutes River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Steelhead Falls. During the summertime months at Deschutes River highs are usually in the 90's.

Deschutes River, Lower Bridge to Billy Chinook Reservoir 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, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV+ - 15 miles long (Lower Bridge to Billy Chinook Reservoir)
Crooked River, Deschutes / Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 9 miles long (Crooked River Ranch to Billy Chinook Reservoir)
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 11.5 miles long (Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Destination Wilderness, Deschutes County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park)
Crooked River, Crook / Deschutes County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 18 miles long (Lone Pine Bridge to Crooked River Ranch)
Deschutes River, Jefferson/ Wasco/ Sherman County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 53 miles long (US 26 to Sherars Falls)
Whitewater Outfitter - Ouzel Outfitters River Trips, Deschutes County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deschutes River, Deschutes County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 5.2 miles long (Bend to Tumalo State Park)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Rafters, Deschutes County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Deschutes River:
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 34 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 40 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 51 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 52 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 52 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 53 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 66 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Hotels Near Deschutes River:
Eagle Crest Vacation Rentals, Redmond , 9 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Redmond, Redmond , 11 miles away
Greenway Motel, Redmond , 12 miles away
Comfort Suites Redmond Airport, Redmond , 12 miles away
Best Western Plus Rama Inn, Redmond , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deschutes River:
Steelhead Falls Trailhead, Culver, 2 miles away
Crooked River Ranch, Terrebonne, 2 miles away
Crooked River Ranch RV Park, Crooked River, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Deschutes River:
Reservation Trail, Jefferson , 13 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1940 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Deschutes River:
The Cove Palisades State Park, Oregon , 6 miles away
Peter Skene Ogden State Park, Oregon , 8 miles away
Smith Rock State Park, Oregon , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deschutes River:
Crooked River Ranch Golf, Terrebonne , 4 miles away
Greens At Redmond, Redmond , 12 miles away
Missing Link Family Golf Center, Redmond , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Deschutes River
Lake Simtustus, Jefferson , 13 miles away

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