Squaw Creek Sisters to Deschutes River

Bend, Oregon

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Squaw Creek is a small stream that enters the Deschutes River to form Squaw Creek rapids along the Steelhead Falls section above Lake Billy Chinook. Above the confluence, Squaw Creek flows through the remote Crooked River National Grasslands with hiking trails along the creek's left bank. The lower creek swells with water from grazing lands (Note: Don't drink the water), small side streams, and springs. Thus the lower section can become pushy despite a slow rock-dodge in the beginning. The stream narrows to allow runs at unusually low flows. In places fallen trees and brush choke passage, but the majority of the creek is passable.

Squaw Creek: Sisters to Deschutes River Professional Review and Guide

"Squaw Creek is a small stream that enters the Deschutes River to form Squaw Creek rapids along the Steelhead Falls section above Lake Billy Chinook. Above the confluence, Squaw Creek flows through the remote Crooked River National Grasslands with hiking trails along the creek's left bank.

The lower creek swells with water from grazing lands (Note: Don't drink the water), small side streams, and springs. Thus the lower section can become pushy despite a slow rock-dodge in the beginning. The stream narrows to allow runs at unusually low flows. In places fallen trees and brush choke passage, but the majority of the creek is passable."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 26
Elevation Loss: 1,200 feet
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Class: Class II-V
Season: November through December and April through August
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Squaw Creek: Sisters to Deschutes River

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