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Deschutes    L. Sherar's Falls to Columbia River ™ ©
Class II/III
42.5Miles
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Put In Longitude : -121.03309 Putin
Put In Latitude : 45.26158
Take Out Longitude : -120.90837 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 45.6346
County : Wasco Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from DESCHUTES RIVER AT MOODY, NEA at 1/31/2017 9:18:38 AM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
DESCHUTES RIVER AT MOODY, NEA n/a 2.82  5280 cfs  USGS - NWIS 1/31/2017 8:45:00 AM
Minimum Recomended Level:  3000 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  8000 cfs 

  Access

Permits and regulations available at boaterpass.com. Section 3 is from Sherars Falls to Macks Canyon. Section 4 is from Macks Canyon to Heritage Landing.


  Putin Details

Several putin locations downstream of Sherars Falls between Buckhollow and Mack's Canyon. Here are the options:

Buckhollow - Day use, boat ramp, adds Wreck Rapids (III) and Trestle Hole Rapids (II+), 42.2 miles

Pine Tree - Day use, boat ramp, 39 miles

Oakbrook - Day use, 35.5 miles

Beavertail - Campground, boat ramp, 31.1 miles

Macks Canyon - Campground, boat ramp, 23.6 miles



  Takeout Details

Heritage Landing State Park on Old Moody Rd off Fulton Canyon Rd, Wasco, Or. Has a boat ramp, bathrooms, garbage service, large derigging area, camping, and SCAT machine.


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  Other Issues

Wind! Most of the day, every day, at very unfortunate velocities. Try to be off the water and in camp early or pay the price!

June 1 through October 1 no open fires. All cooking must be done on gas stoves.


  Fun Facts

Very popular steelhead and salmon run. Permits and camps can be hard to get when the run is in. Check fish counts at the Dalles if you want a either a good fishing trip or a less busy run.

A trail runs from Macks Canyon to Deschutes State Park across from the take out.


   Run Description [Season: Year round]

This is a great run for beginning rafters. Most of the rapids are very straightforward, and most of the camps have easy landings. An active railway on river left prevents this from beimg a wilderness experience, but there is surprisingly little development between Macks Canyon and the take out.

Most of the rapids are not worth mentioning. Simply read and run.

Within the 3.25 miles you come to Trestle Hole Rapids (class 2+) and Wreck Rapids (class III). After that there is no major rapids until river mile 15.2.

Washout Rapids can have large holes on the right, and rocks on the left. Center left has a clean line. After this rapid the river nature changes. An increasing amount of subsurface rocks and islands start to appear. None of it is hard to navigate, but it does require you to pay attention. The intensity of the rapids also picks up, but none are harder than class III, and all are easy to boat scout.

There are lots of great camps on this stretch. The banks are typically lined with willows. Many camps offer lots of shelter from sun and wind with more open areas behind the trees. Good hammock camping is easy to find, and lots of camps have toilets.



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