Fall River Falls Trail

La Pine State Park, Oregon 97739

Elevation Gain130ft
Trailhead Elevation4,211ft
Elevation Min/Max4180/4213ft
Elevation Start/End4211/4211ft

Fall River Falls Trail

Fall River Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within La Pine State Park and Deschutes National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 4,211 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 130 feet. The Trailhead information is near the trailhead. There is also parking. Trailhead and another information and Fall River Falls Lookout and another viewpoint can be seen along the trail.

Fall River Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Much like the Metolius River, albeit on a smaller scale, the Fall River emerges fully formed from underground springs, and it meanders through a pine forest for about 8 miles before flowing into the Deschutes River near La Pine State Park. There is a state fish hatchery (Fall River Hatchery) below the river’s headwaters.

About 4 miles below the hatchery is a falls. Hatchery rainbow trout dominate the river above the falls, while wild rainbows, along with some wild brown and brook trout, prowl the waters below. Trout in the Fall River typically run in the 8- to 12-inch range. Key Species: rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout."

"Fall River is only about 25 miles southwest of Bend and is readily accessible off South Century Drive. Its proximity to the Sunriver resort and the towns of Bend and La Pine make it a popular destination for local fly fishers, especially those who prefer rivers. The water upstream from the falls is open year-round, which is a pleasure for winter anglers or Mt. Bachelor skiers looking for diversion from the slopes. Fall River is approximately 10 miles long, its origin being a spring below Wickiup Reservoir.

It flows through a pine forest and ultimately empties into the Deschutes River between Sunriver and La Pine. You’ll like the topographic features of the area, from the gentle, rolling hills of the pine forest to the volcanic cinder buttes that are scattered across the landscape. During mosquito season, be sure to have a good repellent. Types of Fish: Rainbow, brook, and brown trout. The majority run 8 to 12 inches, but keep an eye out for bigger fish. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

"Fall River is the kind of winding waterway that’s so lazy and calm it hardly seems like a river at all. In some spots the water looks like it’s barely moving, although it’s certainly flowing quickly just under the surface. Interspersed among the peaceful segments are sections of mild white water and comfortable waterfalls."

Fall River Falls Trail Reviews

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Always clear as it is spring fed, the Fall river is very picturesque. Heavy crowds on weekends with light pressure during the week. Fly drift, and positioning is often more important than size or type. Short heavy sink tip lines are useful when nymph fishing. Dry flies that are successful include: blue dun, blue winged olive, and black gnat. June can be productive with large green drakes. best nymphs include zug bug and pheasant tail. Wolly buggers and other streamers can work too. Expect frustration at seeing fishing come and look at your fly and then reject it. I have fished the river for over 30 years and it often takes a while to be successful. Some days this river will produce 150+ fish, others 10. Average size is 11 inches with some caught that exceed 20. there are a few 5lbs+ fish in some deep holes. Mainly rainbow with a few brook trout and browns. I have seen heron, osprey, bald eagles, otters, deer, and many variety of butterflies. The water is always cold so be prepared if you are going to wade. Even on hot days waders are necessary to keep legs and feet from going numb from the cold. The river can be fished form the bank, however waders add access to many of the better spots. Easy access along most of the length with only a little private property. Try the hatchery grounds area for easiest access and an abundance of fish. They have picnic tables and a flush toilet.

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Trail Information

La Pine State Park
Nearby City
La Pine State Park
La Pine State Park, and Deschutes National Forest, Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District
Local Contacts
Oregon State Parks—La Pine State Park
Local Maps