Deschutes River Sherar’s Falls to Columbia River

Sherar's Falls, Oregon

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This run has more horseshoe bends and fewer rapids than the Deschutes River: US 26 Bridge to Sherar’s Falls run, but the current is brisk. Allow 3 to 4 days to run this portion of the Deschutes River. From early times, the Native Americans had a bridge across the narrow gorge below the falls. Today they have treaty rights to fish for salmon at the base of Sherar’s Falls. During the spring and fall, they stand on scaffolding to dip salmon from the maelstrom below. A possible put-in is just above the bridge on Oregon 216 at Sherar’s Falls (rivermile 44) on the right bank. Bridge Rapid, class 3, is just below this put-in; it is more difficult in low water. A better put-in is 1 mile down the access road along river right past Buck Hollow (this road continues to rivermile 23). At Wreck Rapid (rivermile 39), class 3+, the extreme right is clean; the center is runnable but has some concealed rocks. No major rapids appear for the next 30 miles, but the river moves at 5 miles per hour. Many small rapids are present. Character: popular desert canyon.

Deschutes River: Sherar’s Falls to Columbia River Professional Review and Guide

"This run has more horseshoe bends and fewer rapids than the Deschutes River: US 26 Bridge to Sherar’s Falls run, but the current is brisk. Allow 3 to 4 days to run this portion of the Deschutes River. From early times, the Native Americans had a bridge across the narrow gorge below the falls. Today they have treaty rights to fish for salmon at the base of Sherar’s Falls. During the spring and fall, they stand on scaffolding to dip salmon from the maelstrom below.

A possible put-in is just above the bridge on Oregon 216 at Sherar’s Falls (rivermile 44) on the right bank. Bridge Rapid, class 3, is just below this put-in; it is more difficult in low water. A better put-in is 1 mile down the access road along river right past Buck Hollow (this road continues to rivermile 23). At Wreck Rapid (rivermile 39), class 3+, the extreme right is clean; the center is runnable but has some concealed rocks. No major rapids appear for the next 30 miles, but the river moves at 5 miles per hour. Many small rapids are present. Character: popular desert canyon."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sherar's Falls
Distance: 44
Class: Class III
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 3000–8000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Deschutes River: Sherar’s Falls to Columbia River

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