Deschutes River Rafting TripsThe Deschutes River originates high in the Cascade mountains from Little Lava Lake. The river carves its path through 250 miles of eastern Oregon before flowing into the Columbia. The 'Lower Deschutes' refers to the hundred mile section from the mouth of the Deschutes to Pelton Dam (near Lake Billy Chinook). The lower river offers a beautiful desert canyon filled with sage brush, osprey, incredible basalt rock formations and plenty of exciting rapids.
The Deschutes River is one of the most popular rivers in Oregon. There are many attractive features to this section of the river that has made it become so popular. From the warm sunshine, reliable summer water flows, easy access to the numerous fun and exciting rapids that it has to offer, its no wonder that many people travel to this destination.
River Drifters offers a number of trips on the Lower Deschutes, from 1/2-day to a five-day vacation, there is a trip for you! One of the more popular trips on the Deschutes is the full-day trip. This trip covers over fourteen river miles and takes between five to six hours to complete. There are numerous class III+ rapids on this section of river. Some of the exciting rapids that we will run are Wapinita, Boxcar, Surf City, Oak Springs, White River and elevator rapids. River Drifters also offers a half-day trip for those who can only set aside a few hours. The Deschutes River is perfect for families and first-timers and even those who have been rafting several times. Whether you are six or sixty-five, the Deschutes River is perfect for you!
One drawback to the Deschutes River being so popular is that there is a limited number of spaces that we can fill on weekends from June through August. So if you are thinking about going rafting this summer its time to start planning ahead to reserve those seats!