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Big River to Benham Falls Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Deschutes River

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Big River to Benham Falls Info
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Put In:  Big River Campground
Take Out:  Benham Falls Campground
Gradient:  1 ft/mi
Run Length:  18 miles
Current Streamflow:  897 cfs @ 03/03/2015 11:30 AM - BENO - Deschutes River at Benham Falls, OR, reading taken from USBR
Flow Information (phone):  541-388-6669
Good Level:  1,000 to 3,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Primary Season: 

dam controlled

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Slow meander through private and commercial land.
Hazards:  Make sure take out before Benham Falls and a logjam just below the take-out
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Big River Campground at the put-in and Benham Falls Campground at the take-out.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 149 miles Southeast of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From US 97, about 2 miles north of La Pine, Oregon, head west on Forest Road 43. About a half mile after crossing the bridge over the Deschutes River, take a right onto Forest Road 4350. Continue on 4350 for about 2 miles, turn right onto Forest Road 42 and proceed 8 miles to the Big River Campground and take-out.

Take-out: From US 97 south of Lava Lands Visitor Center, head west on Forest Road 9702 for 5 miles to Benham Falls Campground.

Big River to Benham Falls on the Deschutes River

Last Edited by josho on 4/25/2011

Towns near Big River to Benham Falls Kayaking

Bend Oregon
Klamath Falls Oregon
La Pine Oregon
Oakridge Oregon
Redmond Oregon
Sisters Oregon
Sunriver Oregon

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