Deschutes River Aspen Campground to Lava Island Falls

Mount Bachelor, Oregon

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This is the famous “Big Eddy” run. The nearby resorts run an incredible number of visitors down this whitewater mini-run in the summer. One curler here has undoubtedly captured more rafts on film than any other in Oregon. The first mile offers a few class 2 rapids before the river makes a sharp right turn through a quiet pool above Big Eddy. Big Eddy consists of several curlers. These can be great play spots or potential keepers, depending on the flow. Scouting is advised (left bank). A hundred yards farther downstream is a class 2+ drop with a nice play wave at the top. To play here, catch the small eddy on river right. For the ambitious, it is an easy 300-yard carry back upstream to do Big Eddy again. Character: forested; rafting freeway.
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 is the famous “Big Eddy” run. The nearby resorts run an incredible number of visitors down this whitewater mini-run in the summer. One curler here has undoubtedly captured more rafts on film than any other in Oregon. The first mile offers a few class 2 rapids before the river makes a sharp right turn through a quiet pool above Big Eddy.

Big Eddy consists of several curlers. These can be great play spots or potential keepers, depending on the flow. Scouting is advised (left bank). A hundred yards farther downstream is a class 2+ drop with a nice play wave at the top. To play here, catch the small eddy on river right. For the ambitious, it is an easy 300-yard carry back upstream to do Big Eddy again. Character: forested; rafting freeway.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Mount Bachelor
Distance: 1.5
Class: Class II-III
Season: Dam-controlled; Flow: 1000–3000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Deschutes River: Aspen Campground to Lava Island Falls

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May 2018