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Deschutes River - oregon
20th of April
Streamflow 1240 cfs
Average 1400 cfs
Runnable Min 800 cfs
Runnable Max 3000 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 12 Miles
Class III to V
Current Weather 70° Chance Showers


Dillon Falls to Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy) is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 1240cfs, about -11% below the average runnable rate of 1400cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Deschutes River between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 3000cfs.

This class III to V journey is accessible from 13 different boat launch points along the Deschutes River. Paddlers should prepare for the 20 class III to V whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Dillon Falls To Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy) are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Deschutes River Near Culver, Oreg..

This run starts off with Dillon Falls (class V).  This is a 15 foot drop that can have some serious hydraulics below it.  A small canyon follows. 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, Dillon Falls To Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy) 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
Dillon Falls

This is a 15 foot drop with a nasty hole just below it called Dill Hole.  If you decide to run this make sure to scout and set up safety properly.  Most boaters put-in below the falls which is recommended.

Scout, safety and portage on river left trail.
IV+ to V 4034.32 Feet
Below Dillon Falls Rapid

A river wide hole/wave.  Possible sneak routes on far river right for those not wanting to hit the meat.

Scout and portage on river left.
IV- to IV 4017.25 Feet
Helmet Check Rapid

Another hit here.  Towards river left is generally the best line.

Scout or portage from river left trail.
IV- to IV 3995.85 Feet
Big Eddy (Kenmore/Maytag) Rapid

This is the first hole and wave set that starts the Big Eddy section.  Follow the tongue just right of center for the most straight forward run or get wild and try hitting the holes that give the rapid the washing machine names of Kenmore or Maytag.

Scout from Big Eddy day use area or read and run.
III to III+ 3965.08 Feet
The Notch Rapid

The river narrows here and creates a funnel.  Follow the downstream V for a straight forward run.  Watch the laterals at certain levels as you get into the rapid.

Read and run
III to III+ 3960.94 Feet
Souse Hole Rapid

After running the notch most of the current pushes you into the Souse Hole.  Attentive boaters can sneak it on the left. The Big Eddy Rodeo is typically held here.

Read and run.
III to III+ 3957.06 Feet
Old Stoagie Rapid

This is a hole in the center of the river that can be skirted on either side.

Read and run
II+ to III 3944.95 Feet
Airplane Rapid

Follow the main tongue down the center (NOTE:  Do not go left into the narrow channel that forms Lava Island.  Stay straight here).  Just below Airplane the river splits again.  Do not get this confused with the first left hand channel.  Once you are below airplane make your way to river left and prepare for Brad's Hole.

Scouting is tough but can be done on river right, near the aquaduct thingy.
III to IV 3924.63 Feet
Brad's Hole

At this point you should be more river left than river right.  There is a small brushy section in the middle of the river and most of the flow goes right to a big nasty hole with powerful currents and hydraulics.  You want to stay left and take a narrow channel hugging the left bank.  This bypasses the ugly hole on river right.  However, about halfway down this channel is Brad's Hole which you will have to punch.  So line up and get some speed.

Scouting is hard.  Try to get a view of it before dropping in at Airplane.
III to IV 3919.92 Feet
Canyon Rapid

Below Brad's Hole the river makes a left hand turn and straightens out.  This begins Canyon Rapid.   This is fairly straight forward boating through here. It's difficulty is it goes for a while and swimming here could get you banged up.

Read and run
III to IV 3908.89 Feet
Lava Island Falls Entrance Rapid

After the river pools it narrows again and Lava Island Falls start.  Expect big waves and holes.

Portage or scout on river right by the aquaduct thingy
IV to V 3865.4 Feet
Lava Island Falls

Huge waves and holes here.  Also watch for a large rock smack dab in the center of it all.  Recommended portage.

Scout and portage on river right.
V 3858.44 Feet
Below Lava Island Falls Rapid

More big water and hits.  A small island appears and has been known to contain nasty wood and log hazards.  Recommended channel is the left.

Scout and portage on river right.  This area has been unrunnable in the past due to wood.  Please be careful.
IV+ to V 3844.64 Feet
Playtime Rapid

After a good section of flatwater, the river picks up again.  Playtime is a series of drops with random rocks placed throughout.  Kayakers can find some fun surf and play in here.

Read and run
III 3786.27 Feet
Diversion Drop Rapid

Stay left here and hit the drop slightly left of center.  Don't go right and get sucked into the diversion canal intakel. After frist drop beware of overflow irragation flow, 3 pipes shooting water into rapid from river right and "room of doom" river left.

Scout river right, well above diversion canal intake grate, beware diversion grate, do not get near it.
IV- to IV 3770.28 Feet
Below Intake Rapid

This is a tight small S-curve rapid.  Go with the flow

Read and run
III 3766.79 Feet
Amazing Rapid

Several hole drops in a row here.

Read and run
III 3752.77 Feet
Jogjam Rapid

The river widens some here and causes a natural logjam trap.  Make sure to scout and be aware of what is downstream of you.

Scout on river right trail.
III to III+ 3676.97 Feet
100% Rapid

Take the line towards the right bank and follow the wave train down.  Punch any holes and hold on.

Read and run
III to IV 3637.31 Feet
1st Street Rapids

Just below the dam is one of the only few sections of rapids in Bend proper.  Kayakers can find a surf or 2 in here if they really want to.

Read and run
III 3565.58 Feet

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