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Deschutes River - oregon
20th of April
Streamflow 6010 cfs
Average 4000 cfs
Runnable Min 2500 cfs
Runnable Max 9000 cfs
Gradient 13 FPM
Length 63 Miles
Class III to III+
Current Weather 72° Chance Showers


Warm Springs to Sherars Falls is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 6010cfs, about 50% above the average runnable rate of 4000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Deschutes River between a bare minimum of 2500cfs and a high of 9000cfs.

This class III to III+ journey is accessible from 8 different boat launch points along the Deschutes River. Paddlers should prepare for the 14 class III to III+ whitewater rapids along this run. Warm Springs to Sherars Falls is also ideal for multi day paddlers looking to do some camping too. Campers will find 35 riverside campsites as the run winds its way through 63 miles of the beautiful Deschutes River. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Warm Springs To Sherars Falls are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Deschutes River Near Madras, Or.

This is a very popular section of the Deschutes (known as the lower deschutes).  Raft overnighters or multi-day trips are possible here as well as day runs.  Day runs typically are done around Wapinitia Creek or Maupin to Sherars Falls take out on Sandy Beach. Weather on the river today will be a 30 percent chance of showers after 11am. increasing clouds, with a high near 72. southwest wind 5 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 29% Above Average

With a 6010cfs streamflow rate, Warm Springs To Sherars Falls is currently above its 4673cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 29%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 3910cfs in 2015, and a high of 6010cfs seen in 2019. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 14092500

Hourly Forecast: 72° Today, Chance Showers

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 61. North wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. to partly sunny, with a high near 73. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 61° - 73°

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
Upper Trout Creek Rapids

Follow the main tongue just right of center for the deepest channel.  Rocky at lower flows

Read and run
II to II+ 1282.65 Feet
Lower Trout Creek Rapid

Just below the upper rapid the river makes a right hand bend with a small island towards the left side of the river.  Most of the flow follows the right channel.  Here there are mainly waves and some sleeper rocks you should be heads up for.  The left hand channel can be doable by smaller craft wanting to explore.

Read and run
II to II+ 1279.8 Feet
Upper Whitehorse Rapid

A small wave/drop rapid signals it's time to get out on river right to scout white horse rapids just below.

Read and run
II to II+ 1166.32 Feet
Whitehorse Rapid

This is longer rapid that requires manuevering throughout.  Enter the rapid just right of center.  Scouting is recommended since a swim here could result in some bangs.

Scout river right, well above the entrance to the rapid.  Stay clear of the railroad tracks as trains run here often.
III+ to IV- 1160.4 Feet
Buckskin Mary Rapid

A fun wave train at most levels.  Follow the main tongue.  Kayakers may find some surf play and eddy access here at the right levels.

Read and run
III to III+ 1008.01 Feet
Four-chutes Rapid

Some easy class II water

read and run
II to II+ 1005.0 Feet
Lower Four-chutes Rapid

Stick towards river right and follow the bulk of the water flow.

Read and run
II to II+ 1003.11 Feet
Wapinitia Rapid

Large rock in the center of the river with possible routes on each side.  Most straight forward side is on river right.  River left can be a fun wave and hole punch.

Read and run
III to III+ 887.65 Feet
Boxcar Rapid

Waves and a drop over a diagonal ledge.

Read and run or scout from the road on river right when setting the shuttle.
III to III+ 864.77 Feet
Surf City Rapid

Straight forward run.

Read and run
II to II+ 783.25 Feet
Oak Springs Rapid

This is kind of a strange rapid.  There are little islands of lava flows scattered throughout.  Lava is typically sharp rock so scout and make a clean run to avoid swimming here.

Scout from river right on the road.
IV- to IV 776.37 Feet
White River Rapid

Read and run

II to II+ 756.22 Feet
Upper Elevator Rapid

A fun wave train

Read and run
II to II+ 747.82 Feet
Lower Elevator Rapid

More wave trains.  This rapid has a few rocks on each side of the rapid

read and run
II+ to III- 742.67 Feet

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Warm Springs to Sherars Falls Campsites

Mecca Flat Camp

River right.  Vehicle access as well on Mecca Road.  This isn't far from the warm springs put in.  There is a primitive boat ramp and river access here as well.  Not a lot of shade here.

Dry Creek Tribal Camp

This is on river left just past the dry creek mouth.  This is on tribal land and requires a tribal permit as well as a fee.  Vehicle access to this camp as well.

Luelling Camp

Small camp on river right

Grassy Camp

Several campsites on river right with some shade.

Stangland Camp

Several camps with good shade on river right.


A small camp on river right.


A couple of campsites on river right.

Frog Springs Camp

A couple of camps on river right.

Basalt Camp

A couple of camps on river right.  This camp has better shade options than the previouse few.

Trout Creek Camp

A large vehicle loop camp.

Redside Camp

River right

Lower Redside Camp

Larger camp with some shade on river right.

South Junction Camp

This is car accessible only.  River uses would have a very long carry to get to this camp.  This camp could make a decent base camp for day trips and fishing on the deschutes though.

Wingdam Camp

3 campsites on river right.

Whiskey Dick Camp

Several large campsites on river right.  Some shade and some sandy beaches.

Upper Whitehorse Camp

2 or 3 medium camps on river right

Middle Whitehorse Camp

4 camps on river right.

Lower Whitehorse Camp

Several large camps on river right.  Some shade and a toilet here.

Davidson Flat Camp

Large camp with decent shade and a pit outhouse.

North Junction Camp

Another large site on river right with good shade and a toilet.  A semi sanding beach at medium to lower flows too.

Dixon Camp

River left.  You are now past tribal land on river left.  3 small sites here.

Rainbow Bend Camp

River right.  2 or 3 camps for medium sized groups.  Outhouse and some shade.

Lower Rainbow Bend Camp

Smaller camp on river right.


2 small secluded camps (other than the railroad noise) on river left.

Hole in the Wall Camp

Another 2 smaller camps on river right.  Toilet is a short walk down the BLM access road.

Windy Flat Camp

3 or 4 large camps on river right.  Access to a pit toilet.

Upper Dant Camp

A single large group camp on a peninsula on river left.  Toilet.

Buckskin Mary Camp

several camps on river right.  Just below the buckskin mary rapid.

Four-chutes Camp

River right.  Many camps located on river right from Buckskin Mary rapid down to here.

Johnson Flat Camps

This camp and another one just a little downstream are on river left.  Toilet access.

Devils Canyon Campground

This is a vehicle and river accessible fee camp by the BLM.  River right.

Oasis Campground

A BLM fee site on river right with river and vehicle access.

Blue Hole Camp

River right.  Fee campground with toilets.  Also a fishing platform here which is also wheelchair accessible.

Oak Springs Camp

River right. Fee campground, vehicle access, toilet, tables, garbage service.

White River Camp

A nice camp on river right.  BLM fee area with some facilities.



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