Deschutes River Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge

Redmond, Oregon

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This Central Oregon run offers the intermediate paddler a nice trip though two very scenic canyons with the option of a midway access point. Since most of the river is diverted for irrigation in the summer, this run is usually only available from mid-October through mid-April. Unlike the next section upstream, these canyons seem to get more sun exposure, making cool temperatures a bit more tolerable. Starting at Cline Falls State Park, the river flows though a shallow area as it approaches Cline Falls, about 0.5 mile below the park. If the flue gates of the Pacific Power generating station, located at the falls, are closed (check before getting on the river), eddy out on river left at the top of the inlet flue. From this eddy, it is an easy portage around the falls and power station. Alternately, boaters can put in at the base of the falls just downstream of the power station. Character: rural; canyon.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

This Central Oregon run offers the intermediate paddler a nice trip though two very scenic canyons with the option of a midway access point. Since most of the river is diverted for irrigation in the summer, this run is usually only available from mid-October through mid-April. Unlike the next section upstream, these canyons seem to get more sun exposure, making cool temperatures a bit more tolerable.

Starting at Cline Falls State Park, the river flows though a shallow area as it approaches Cline Falls, about 0.5 mile below the park. If the flue gates of the Pacific Power generating station, located at the falls, are closed (check before getting on the river), eddy out on river left at the top of the inlet flue. From this eddy, it is an easy portage around the falls and power station. Alternately, boaters can put in at the base of the falls just downstream of the power station. Character: rural; canyon.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Redmond
Length: 11.5
Class: Class III
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 400 to 1500 cfs
Topo Map: Deschutes River: Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge Topographic Map
Guide Book: Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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1/21/2018

I love Cline falls. It’s a great, local place to get lost in nature without going too far. The only problem is all the trash and broken glass all over. I urge everyone to carry trash bags and try to keep our park clean!

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