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Deschutes River - oregon
20th of April
Streamflow 1240 cfs
Average 1200 cfs
Runnable Min 700 cfs
Runnable Max 2000 cfs
Gradient 38 FPM
Length 16 Miles
Class IV- to IV+
Current Weather 70° Chance Showers


Canyon Run (Lower Bridge to Billy Chinook Res.) is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 1240cfs, about 3% above the average runnable rate of 1200cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Deschutes River between a bare minimum of 700cfs and a high of 2000cfs.

This class IV- to IV+ journey is accessible from 2 different boat launch points along the Deschutes River. Paddlers should prepare for the 3 class IV- to IV+ whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Canyon Run (Lower Bridge To Billy Chinook Res.) are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Deschutes River Near Culver, Oreg..

Canyon Run is a fun Kayak run when the water is flowing.  Unfortunatley that doesn't happen fequently since most of the Deschutes above Billy Chinook Reservoir is used for irrigation.  This can be run year round but look for really raining periods or pre-farming season to get the most water in here. 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: 62% Above Average

With a 1240cfs streamflow rate, Canyon Run (Lower Bridge To Billy Chinook Res.) is currently above its 766cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 62%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 521cfs in 2015, and a high of 1240cfs seen in 2019. 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
Big Falls

Big Falls is a mandatory portage due to the rocky nature of the riverbed here.  Going over the falls would typically not be fun.

Portage river right.
V+ 2490.66 Feet
Steelhead Falls

These falls are about 15 feet in height.  You can run the drop on the left hand side of the falls.  Running straight down the middle would most likely give you a beat down.  Scout or portage.

The scout and portage trail is on river right.
IV+ to V 2283.55 Feet
Squaw Creek Rapid

Up until this point the river has been running in a pool drop fashion from Steelhead falls.  Squaw creek rapid changes the game some.  The river makes a right hand turn where the creek enters on the left and the action starts.  The river narrows here and scouting is difficult.  If you are in kayaks, take the opportunity to ferry out behind a rock or in an eddy to do some boat scouting.  This rapid is very long and continous.  Several large holes exist towards the bottom portion of the rapid.

Scout from boat.
IV- to IV+ 2110.47 Feet

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