Deschutes River: Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park Professional Review and Guide
"This run offers the intermediate paddler one long trip that includes a very scenic canyon or several short sections. Since most of the river is diverted for irrigation in the summer, this run is usually only available from mid-October through mid-April. Because of the length of the run and the short days of winter, an early start is recommended to avoid taking out in the dark.
The sun rarely penetrates the lower canyon in midwinter, so be prepared for cold temperatures. Still, on nice fall, winter, and spring days, this can be a wonderful run. If the weather is not favorable for paddling the entire trip, the easier upper sections can provide a fix for die-hard winter boaters. From the put-in to just beyond the community of Tumalo, the river is class 1 with one class 2 rapid at the lower end of Tumalo State Park, with some nice, small surf waves to play on. Below this section, the river slows as it goes under the US 20 bridge and through the community of Tumalo. Beware of wire fences in some of the side channels. Access at this point (2 miles below Tumalo State Park) is on river left, on the downstream side of the Tumalo Road Bridge. Character: rural; canyon."