Deschutes River in Oregon - Weekend Trip Report

by  judson

A self-supported trip created by judson

Trip Overview

Did 4 days combined on the Little Deschutes and Deschutes Rivers in Central Oregon. Solo, class 1. Started at Dorrance Mdw. Rd., just W of Lapine, OR. Finished at the last boatramp above Benham Falls. 46.8 miles total. Easy water; just good rivertime. Saw no one on the water over 4 days. Very good trip for people looking to work on their river camping technique/kit/set-up. Largely meandering, low-gradient, lots of willows and pines. Houses along the river in some places, wild in others. Only 1 tree required a portage.

Video of trip


Camped on public land each night: ODFW public access, BLM, and NF lands. No amenities. Well... there WAS a picnic table the 1st night...


Mad River Explorer 14



Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

Trip Location