Deschutes River Rafting



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Deschutes river rafting

Do outstanding whitewater, sunny skies, and easy accessibility whet your appetite for fun? Then a Deschutes River whitewater rafting trip is for you.

This is not the river on which to seek solitude - the Deschutes is too popular for that. And with good reason. The Deschutes combines good white water with a location near reasonably near Portland. The section we run is located in the rain-shadow of the Cascade Mountains, which results in an enjoyably dry and sunny climate. So the weather is often very good, with hot, sunny days and cool, starry nights the norm. Particularly in the springtime, don't be surprised if the Deschutes is basking in the sun while the Willamette Valley to the west is socked in with chilling drizzle.

Whatever the weather, the Deschutes offers numerous thrilling rapids, including Wapinitia, Boxcar, Cyclops, Surf City, and Oak Springs. But for some the greatest thrill comes at Elevator rapids. After running elevator in our rafts we stop along shore, and those who wish can accompany one our guides as we "swim" (float feet-first) through the rapid. 

Good rapids, sunny weather, dramatic scenery: come see for yourself why this is the area's most popular raft trip. (Summer weekends are typically quite crowded. We recommend you choose a midweek date if possible.)

Narrow canyons, rapids and numerous waterfalls abound along the Deschutes, which the early French explorers called "le Riviere des Chutes," meaning "the River of Falls." The Deschutes arises on the eastern slopes of the Cascades in the south central part of the state, and flows northward 250 miles to its confluence with the Columbia.  The Deschutes is unusual for its very consistent flow rate throughout the year. This is caused by the massive porous lava beds south and west of Bend, where the main stream and its major tributaries originate.  These sponge-like formations trap the springtime snow melt, then release it at a steady rate throughout the year. 

Trip includes:
  • The services of our professional guides and staff.
  • Transportation to and from our meeting place. 
  • A hearty lunch at riverside on full day trips. Lunch is freshly prepared by our guides from the highest quality ingredients. Special dietary needs may be accommodated with advance notice.
  • Durable, professional quality rafts and river running equipment, including U.S. Coast Guard Approved lifejackets. 
  • Waterproof river bags for your personal gear.

Morning 1/2 day trips meet at 9:30 AM and end at approximately 12:30 PM. Afternoon 1/2 day trips meet at 1:00 PM and end at approximately 4:00 PM. Full Day trips meet at 10:00 AM and end at approximately 3:30 PM. All trips meet near the Oasis Cafe, in Maupin, which is approximately 100 miles east of Portland.

 

 

O.R.E. operates these tours under a special use permit issued by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. O.R.E. is an equal opportunity service provider.

 

You can reserve your place on a 2014 O.R.E. Deschutes River trip online or by phone  

 

It's easy, fast and secure to sign up online: just click the Book a Trip button below to get started. Or call us at 503-563-1500 or 800-827-1358 during office hours* if you'd like to sign up over the phone instead. (*9 AM to 5 PM Monday - Friday during the rafting season, and 10 AM - 4 PM Monday - Thursday off-season.)

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express credit (and debit) cards online and over the phone. If you'd like to pay by check instead then please call us or submit a Reservation Request (see below) so that we can hold your trip for you while you put a check in the mail.

Please review our Deposit Schedule and our Terms of Sale before you book your trip. You'll want to become familiar with our payment, cancellation, and refund policies before you proceed. And please note that you will be required to sign a Participant Agreement. You may want to review a copy of this Agreement before reserving your river trip.  

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Use our online Trip Request form to ask that we hold one or more spots for you. We will respond (usually within 24 hours) to your inquiry to confirm availability of the requested trip and to provide further details. Or if you prefer you can call us to ask that we hold one or more spots for you.

Advance payment is required in order to convert a hold to a confirmed reservation. Most holds expire 24 hours after we have responded to your hold request.


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Trip Length
Whitewater Rating
Availability
About Availability
Price per person
Adult ||| Youth ||| Group

May 1 - 23, Sept 2 - 30
     
Half Day
III
By request for groups of ten or more
$70 |||||| $65 |||||| $63
One Day
III
By request for groups of ten or more
$90 |||||| $80 |||||| $79

May 24 - Sept 1
 
 
Half Day: Mon - Fri
III
By request for groups of ten or more
$70 |||||| $65 |||||| $63
Half Day: Sat - Sun
III
By request for groups of ten or more
$76 |||||| $71 |||||| $69
One Day: Mon - Fri
III
By request for groups of ten or more
$90 |||||| $80 |||||| $79
One Day: Sat - Sun
III
By request for groups of ten or more
$96 |||||| $86 |||||| $85
 


Notes -

  • The recommended minimum age for our summer Deschutes trips is 7.
  • Youth prices are available to participants age 15 and under when accompanied by an adult.
  • Group rates apply to parties of 12 or more. Additional discounts may apply may be available for large groups - please call for details.
  • Prices include all Federal taxes and fees. Prices also include Oregon State Boater's Pass fee ($2.00 during the week and on spring and fall weekends, $8.00 on summer weekends). More about our prices.
  • Please review our Deposit Schedule and our Terms of Sale to familiarize yourself with our deposit, cancellation, and refund policies.

Trip Itinerary

Half Day trips: Morning half day trips meet at 9:30 AM*, and afternoon half day trips meet at 1:00 PM*. in front of the Oasis Cafe, on the east side of the river, in the town of Maupin.

One Day trips: We meet at 10:00 AM* the day of your trip in front of the Oasis Cafe, on the east side of the river, in Maupin.

Our Lead Guide will meet you in front of the cafe. Look for a vehicle sporting the O.R.E. logo. After a brief orientation you will park your vehicle across the street from the Oasis, and you'll board an O.R.E. van for the 15 minute ride to the launch point at Harpham Flat.

Once we arrive at our launch site, you’ll meet the rest of our guide crew, and our lead guide will conduct a safety orientation. We'll then all board rafts and be on our way downstream.

Day trips include a stop for a riverside lunch between noon and 1 PM, and typically also include a stop for either a hike or a swim at the swimming rapids.

 We typically arrive at Sandy Beach, our take-out point, around 1:00 PM in the case of half day morning trips and around 4 PM in th case of 1/2 day afternoon trips and full day trips.**  The guides will load the boats onto our trailer and we'll then all board the van for the 20 minute ride back to Maupin.

Our half day Deschutes trips cover the same distance as our full day trips. The difference is that on half day trips we do not stop for lunch and we do not stop for hikes or to swim at the swimming rapids. Half day trips may be arranged to include these stops, but fewer miles will be covered in this case.

* Please plan your drive carefully so as to arrive at our meeting place on time. Our guides will attempt to wait for you if you are running late, but circumstances typically do not allow them to wait more than 20 minutes. If you miss your intended trip we will most likely not be able to provide a transfer to an alternate trip, and we are unable to provide a refund for missed trips.

 

** Many factors influence our timetable, including water levels, winds, and the needs and preferences of our guests. Please consider these times approximate.

Trip Highlights
For many perhaps the best thing about the Deschutes is the weather. The section we run is located in the rain-shadow of the Cascade Mountains, which results in an enjoyably dry and sunny climate. Yes, it does rain here, as it does almost everywhere else on the planet. But often when the Willamette Valley to the west is socked in with this chilling drizzle, the Deschutes is basking in the sun.

Whatever the weather, the Deschutes offers numerous thrilling rapids. Some of the bigger drops (in order of appearance) are Wapinitia, Boxcar, Surf City, Oak Springs, and White River. But for many the greatest thrill comes at Elevator rapids. After running elevator in our rafts we stop along shore, and those who wish can accompany one our guides as we float feet-first through the rapid (wearing our lifejackets, of course!).
What's included
  • The services of our professional guides and staff.
  • Transportation to and from our meeting place. 
  • A hearty lunch at riverside on full day trips. Lunch is freshly prepared by our guides from the highest quality ingredients. Special dietary needs may be accommodated with advance notice.
  • Durable, professional quality rafts and river running equipment, including U.S. Coast Guard Approved lifejackets.
  • Waterproof river bags for your personal gear.
Where and when to meet
Half Day trips: Morning half day trips meet at 9:30 AM, and afternoon half day trips meet at 1:00 PM. in front of the Oasis Cafe, on the east side of the river, in Maupin. Maupin is roughly 100 miles from Portland. We will make our shuttle arrangements there, before going to the launch site. Please have your breakfast (or lunch, in the case of afternoon trips) before we meet.

One Day trips: We meet at 10:00 AM the day of your trip in front of the Oasis Cafe, on the east side of the river, in Maupin. Maupin is roughly 100 miles from Portland. We will make our shuttle arrangements there, before going to the launch site. Please have your breakfast before our meeting time.(p>

Morning half day trips typically end by approximately 1:00 PM. Afternoon half day trips and full day trips typically end by approximately 4 PM. (Many factors influence our timetable, including water levels, winds, and the needs and preferences of our guests. Please consider these times approximate.)
Getting to and from the river
From Portland we recommend that you take US-26 (the Mt. Hood Highway) east to the junction with OR-216. Then follow OR-216 to its junction with US-197, which will take you into Maupin. For additional information see the maps tab.
Pre and post trip shuttles
Shuttle specifics vary by day and group. You will either leave your car in Maupin and ride in an ORE vehicle to put-in, and with us again back to Maupin from take-out. Or you will drive to put-in in your own vehicle, and a shuttle driver will transport your car to take-out.
What to bring
When you sign up for your river adventure we will send you a complete list of what to bring. This list is also available online. In general you'll need to simply bring only your own clothing.
Weather

Today's weather -

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Weather for the Deschutes River

Weather statistics -
  April May June July Aug Sept
Average daytime high temperature 63 71 79 87 87 78
Average nighttime low temperature 31 37 43 46 46 39
Average monthly rainfall 0.7" 0.8" 0.8" 0.4" 0.5" 0.5"

 

River flow
Today's Deschutes River water level    (opens in new window)

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Fishing
Fishing on the Deschutes is generally good during summer months and excellent in the fall. If you would like to fish you’ll need an Oregon fishing license, which may be purchased at Oregon sporting goods stores,online at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's web site, or at several locations adjacent to our meeting place.
Pre and post trip lodging and camping
Cabins are available at the Oasis Resort (our meeting place). The Oasis may be reached at  541-395-2611. If you'll be combining your raft trip with a visit to Mount Hood, the Columbia Gorge, or Portland you'll find numerous lodging opportunities in those areas.

Several BLM campsites are found along the river both upstream and downstream of Maupin. These sites are first-come-first-served. You may also reserve a campsite at the Maupin City Park by calling the park at 541-395-2252.
Nearby attractions
Options abound for combining your raft trip with other activities. Consider a visit to the waterfalls and hiking trails of Columbia River Gorge, the alpine scenery of Mount Hood, or the culture and cuisine of the Portland metropolitan area. All are within a 2 hour drive of the river.
Gratuities
Our guests sometimes ask whether it is appropriate to tip the guides. Tipping is optional, but if your guides did a great job then feel free to thank them with a gratuity. The amount is up to you, but tips between 8% and 20% of trip cost are typical.

 

 

 

 

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Trips available by request are trips we create in response to the needs of our guests. Minimum group size restrictions apply.

I      Calm water, small waves.
II    Medium waves, clear channels.
III   Big waves, maneuvering required. Exciting!
IV    Steep, demanding rapids. Very exciting!!
V     Extreme whitewater. Thrilling but dangerous.
VI    Not raftable.

Youth prices available to participants age 15 and under when accompanied by an adult.

Prices include all Federal taxes and fees. Prices also include Oregon State Boater's Pass fee ($2.00 during the week and on spring and fall weekends, $8.00 on summer weekends).
Deschutes River - May be sunny in spring and fall when other rivers have cloudy skies overhead. High volume river = big waves during summer months. Good swimming (although water is cool). Desert scenery. Close to Mount Hood. two hours east of Portland and two hours north of Bend. Best floated during the week (the river is crowded on summer weekends).
 
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