Deschutes River, Central - Bend to Lake Billy Chinook

Bend, Oregon

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Most of the Central Deschutes River gets diverted for irrigation at Bend and below. Only during winter and early spring is the flow adequate for paddlers. The river can be divided into two separate sections, both Class IV; the upper, Class IV stretch begins near Bend, while the lower run drops into the deep canyon gorge leading to Lake Billy Chinook. Many Bend area paddlers enjoy the upper stretch after work on a nice winter afternoon. The river winds through sharp, hard rock before easing toward Tumalo Park.

Deschutes River, Central - Bend to Lake Billy Chinook Professional Review and Guide

"Most of the Central Deschutes River gets diverted for irrigation at Bend and below. Only during winter and early spring is the flow adequate for paddlers.

The river can be divided into two separate sections, both Class IV; the upper, Class IV stretch begins near Bend, while the lower run drops into the deep canyon gorge leading to Lake Billy Chinook. Many Bend area paddlers enjoy the upper stretch after work on a nice winter afternoon. The river winds through sharp, hard rock before easing toward Tumalo Park."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 50
Elevation Loss: 1,800 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Class: Class IV-VI
Season: October through April
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Deschutes River, Central - Bend to Lake Billy Chinook

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