Trips offered daily - May - October One and Three Day Trips
"Wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Deschutes trip...the weather was great, the water was excellent, the food was superb..the guides were pros and great guys. A trip to be remembered...and, of course, repeated!"
Bill Johnson, KLSR FOX TV, Eugene
Exhilarating whitewater, spectacular rocky mountain vistas, and sunny warm desert canyons combine to make the Deschutes the best known river in Oregon. The Deschutes offers hot sun tanning days and cool swimming under clear blue skies. This section is a designated Wild and Scenic River offering exciting Class III and IV rapids including Oak Springs, Elevator, Buckskin Mary, and Boxcar. For good reason, this great river attracts many boaters during weekends on its one day run... be prepared for a water fight at any moment!
The Deschutes offers the perfect paddle raft trip with its rambunctious rapids... you may even want to swim through a rapid! Hearty and delicious riverside meals are served, freshly prepared for hungry rafters. The crystal clear desert sky offers unbeatable stargazing. During our three day trip, there is excellent fishing and bird watching opportunities, along with easy hikes through colorful rock canyons.
Meeting Time & Place: The one day trip meets at 10:00 a.m. at Sandy Beach take-out, located 8 miles north of Maupin, on Access Road that parallels the river. Our shuttle will drive you to the start of your trip at Harpham Flats Campground, rafting back to the take-out and end at Sandy Beach. Maupin is on U.S. Highway 197. Portland is approximately 90 miles, or a two hour drive; Bend is less than two hours to the river.
Three day trips meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Warm Springs Boat Launch in Warm Springs, on Oregon Highway 26. The Boat Launch is on the highway, directly across from the Rainbow Market. Three day trips begin at Warm Springs and take out at Maupin. We arrange to have your automobile shuttled to the take-out, shuttle is included.
Inn at Cross Keys (541-475-5800), Sunny’s (541-475-7217), Econo Lodge (541-475-4633) are few motels we would suggest, located in the town of Madras, OR. Camping can be done river side on the Deschutes at Mecca Flats CG, located outside of Warm Springs.
Camping is available at Maupin City Park (541-395-2252) and includes water and restroom facilities. Other campgrounds are along the river near Maupin on the BLM Access Road.
Trip Fee: The trip fee includes the services of our professional, friendly guides, PFD lifejackets, helmets, splash jackets and pants, overnight dry bag, camp chair, and all river running equipment and safety gear. On one day trips, a deluxe lunch is included. On three day trips, delicious meals are provided from the first day's lunch to the last day's lunch. Shuttle is included.
Trip Prices May - October
Youth: Ages 6 to 12
Oregon Whitewater Adventures is an equal opportunity service provider. Oregon Whitewater Adventures is registered with the Oregon State Marine Board, and operates under Special-Use Permits granted by the U.S. Forest Service, Umatilla National Forest, Umpqua National Forest and Willamette National Forest; and under Special Recreation Permits granted by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management in the Vale and Prineville districts.