Deschutes River

The Deschutes River in central Oregon is a major tributary of the Columbia River. The river provides much of the drainage on the eastern side of the Cascade Range in Oregon, gathering many of the tributaries that descend from the drier, eastern flank of the mountains. The Deschutes provided an important route to and from the Columbia for Native Americans for thousands of years, and then in the 19th century for pioneers on the Oregon Trail. The river flows mostly through rugged and arid country, and its valley provides a cultural heart for central Oregon. Today the river supplies water for irrigation and is popular in the summer for whitewater rafting and fishing. The river flows generally north, as do several other large Oregon tributaries of the Columbia River, including the Willamette…
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The Deschutes River is best known for river rafting and fishing, but in the wint…
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This hike accesses the Deschutes River from the other end than the more well kno…
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Paved Path Connecting Sunriver and Lava Lands Visitor Center
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The "other" side of the lower Deschutes River attracts a different sort of clien…
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The 2,300-acre LaPine State Park is a quiet oasis of ponderosa pine parkland sou…
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The Ferry Springs Hike goes steeply up to great views of the Deschutes River ent…
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