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Deschutes River - oregon
20th of April
Streamflow 1240 cfs
Average 1000 cfs
Runnable Min 500 cfs
Runnable Max 1500 cfs
Gradient 57 FPM
Length 5 Miles
Class IV to IV+
Current Weather 70° Chance Showers


Bend to Tumalo State Park (Riverhouse Run) is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 1240cfs, about 24% above the average runnable rate of 1000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Deschutes River between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 1500cfs.

This class IV to IV+ journey is accessible from 3 different boat launch points along the Deschutes River. Paddlers should prepare for the 6 class IV to IV+ whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Bend To Tumalo State Park (Riverhouse Run) are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Deschutes River Near Culver, Oreg..

As the river leaves the North part of Bend, much of the water gets diverted above in the many spillways and canals.  This leaves a smaller feeling river for the next few miles that make up the Riverhouse Run.  Because the flows are typically smaller here, watch for wood and other hazards in this area. Weather on the river today will be a 30 percent chance of showers after 11am. increasing clouds, with a high near 70. southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: -3% Below Average

With a 1240cfs streamflow rate, Bend To Tumalo State Park (Riverhouse Run) is currently below its 655cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by -3%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 521cfs in 2015, and a high of 921cfs seen in 2012. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 14076500

Hourly Forecast: 70° Today, Chance Showers

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 57. North wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. to a 30 percent chance of showers after 11am. increasing clouds, with a high near 70. southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 18 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 57° - 70°

Forecast Discussion

930 FXUS66 KPDT 191158 AAA AFDPDT Area Forecast Discussion...Updated National Weather Service Pendleton OR 458 AM PDT Fri Apr 19 2019 Updated aviation discussion .SHORT TERM...Today through Sunday night. Upper level trough and cold front approaching the Pacific northwest early this morning. Satellite showing partly to mostly cloudy skies across the northern portion of the forecast area with clear skies south. As the front gets closer expect clouds to increase and spread south. Showers will develop and increase in coverage as well. Models showing a fair amount of instability over central and northeast Oregon this afternoon and early evening ahead of the front. Southwesterly jet is also moving into the region at this time. Have increased coverage and pops for thunderstorms. The front will be slow to move out of the area as it becomes nearly parallel to the upper flow. Expect showers to continue tonight over central and northeast Oregon. The upper level trough and cold front will move east Saturday. Precipitation and clouds will be decreasing especially in the afternoon. An upper level ridge then builds into the region Sat night and Sunday with fair weather. Temperatures remain fairly warm today with 60s to lower 70s. Cooler on Saturday. 94 .LONG TERM...Monday through Friday...Monday through Tuesday night a ridge will be over the area and fair and dry weather is expected aside from a slight chance of upslope showers along the Washington Cascade crest. There will be partly cloudy skies Monday night through Tuesday night as a disturbance approaches the coast but only makes slow progress. By Wednesday the ECMWF and Canadian models show a weak system and trough crossing the area and flattening the ridge to the south while the ECMWF has the disturbance fizzle out and maintains a ridge. Have leaned towards the GFS and have a chance of showers in the mountains Wednesday afternoon along with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the eastern Oregon mountains. The lower elevations will have a slight chance of showers with the Columbia Basin remaining dry. Showers will taper off overnight. Models continue to disagree Thursday and Thursday night ...

Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Intro Rapids

As the river makes a right hand bend you'll pass under a bridge and some class II to III water starts.  Just below the bridge is a small drop followed by a few sections of pool drop rapids until you get to the Wright Stuff rapid.

Scouting is tough in this section because of private property on both sides of the river.  Please be respectful to landowners so this portion of the Deschutes can continue to be runnable.
III to III+ 3478.67 Feet
Wright Stuff Rapid

The landowners by this rapid are named Wright, thus giving this rapid it's names. This rapid consists of several drops over sharp lava rock.  Be sure to scout and pick your line.  Also watch for pinned wood.

Scout from river right.
IV 3449.41 Feet
Flumes of Doom Rapid

A small rocky island seperates the river into 2 channels.  Most of the water flows down the left channel but at high flows both channels can be runnable. At really low flows you'll be lucky to scrape down the left channel.  A short ways downstream of where the 2 channels re-join are some undercuts and other possible hazards if you are swimming.

Scout on river left.
IV to IV+ 3422.26 Feet
T-Rex Rapid

Several rock drops line this rapid.

Scout from the left.
III+ to IV 3365.45 Feet
The Ogre Rapid

The Ogre starts with a nice sized hole punch.  The it's a matter of staying upright and following the wave train to calm water.

Scout left or right
IV 3280.05 Feet
Final Rapid

After some class II water, the river makes another right hand bend where Tumalo Creek enters on the left.  The river widens for a brief section and then narrows down again.  This is the last section of rapids before the take out.  The lines and run are straight forward.

Read and run
II+ to III 3236.79 Feet

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