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LOWER DESCHUTES (SHERARS FALLS TO COLUMBIA RIVER)

Deschutes River - oregon
Updated June 20, 2019, 1 p.m.

Status RUNNABLE
Streamflow 3960 cfs
Average 4000 cfs
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Runnable Min 2500 cfs
Runnable Max 9000 cfs
Length 44 Miles
Class III to III+
Current Weather 73° Sunny then Sunny and Breezy
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Streamflow Conditions

Lower Deschutes (Sherars Falls to Columbia River) is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 3960cfs, about 4% above the average runnable rate of 4000cfs. Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Deschutes River are between a bare minimum of 2500cfs and a high of 9000cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Lower Deschutes (Sherars Falls To Columbia River) are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Deschutes River Near Madras, Or.

Run Overview

This class III to III+ journey is accessible from 5 different boat launch points along the Deschutes River. Paddlers should prepare for the 15 class III to III+ whitewater rapids along this run. Lower Deschutes (Sherars Falls to Columbia River) is also ideal for multi day paddlers looking to do some camping too. Campers will find 43 riverside campsites as the run winds its way through 44 miles of the beautiful Deschutes River.

This run is another great overnight or day run.  There are a few remaining rapids before hitting the mighty Columbia and camp and fishing options abound. Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 73. breezy, with a northwest wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 32 mph.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Buckhollow Rapids Class II 666.81 Feet
Trestle Hole Rapid Class II+ to III- 653.16 Feet
Wreck Rapid Class III to III+ 624.82 Feet
Rapid Class II 506.23 Feet
Macks Canyon Rapid Class II 439.89 Feet
Island Rapid Class II to II+ 409.88 Feet
Bull Run Rapid Class II to II+ 379.28 Feet
Jet Pump Rapid Class II+ 349.41 Feet
Harris Rapid Class II to II+ 302.68 Feet
Washout Rapid Class III to III+ 265.15 Feet
Gordon Ridge Rapid Class III to III+ 233.73 Feet
Colorado Rapid Class III to III+ 208.39 Feet
Knock Knock Rapid Class II 198.88 Feet
Rattlesnake Rapid Class III 195.71 Feet
Moody Rapid Class III to III+ 184.33 Feet


Weather Overview: 73° Today, Sunny then Sunny and Breezy

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. to mostly sunny, with a high near 80. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 70° - 80°

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