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.
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.
*Summer weekends are often quite crowded. If you are planning a trip for July or August we recommend that you choose a midweek date if possible.
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.