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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 27 FPM
Length 12 Miles
Class III
Current Weather 70° Chance Showers


Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge 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 III journey is accessible from 4 different boat launch points along the Deschutes River. Paddlers should prepare for the 3 class III whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Cline Falls State Park To Lower Bridge are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Deschutes River Near Culver, Oreg..

Starting at Cline Falls State Park you will need to do a mandatory portage around Cline Falls and the Power plant just below the Highway Bridge.  Other than that this is a class III float.  The Decshutes is more rural here with some small canyons it goes in and out of. 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, Cline Falls State Park To Lower Bridge 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
Cline Falls

This spillway dam and falls must be portaged.  Do so on river left and put back on below the power station.

Portage river left.
V+ 2826.24 Feet
Power Station Rapid

Right below the power station and falls the river picks up a little creating some fun class III rapids.

Read and run
III 2782.47 Feet
Odin Falls

Odin falls is a funnel drop just right of center.  The hole at the bottom changes character at different levels.  Scout and decide for yourself if you want to run this or not.

Portage or Scout on river right.
IV to IV+ 2673.47 Feet

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