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Dillon Falls Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Deschutes River

Running the left side of Dillon Falls
Jayson Bowerman dropping Dillon Falls Class IV boogie water after Dillon Falls Spray from Dillon Falls

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Running the Right Side of Dillon Falls
  • Running the Left Side of Dillon Falls
  • Dillon Falls Info
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    Put In:  Slough Camp Picnic Area
    Take Out:  Aspen Recreation Area
    Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V +
    Gradient:  25 ft/mi (173 ft/mi near Dillon Falls)
    Run Length:  2.9 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. Deschutes River at Benham.
    Good Level:  400 - 2,000 cfs
    Streamflow Comments: 

    Flow is steady all year. From mid-September to mid-April, the flow is 400-1000 cfs. From mid-April to mid-September, the flow is 1000-2200 cfs.

    Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    Primary Season: 

    During the winter access to put-in and take-out may be blocked by snow. Fall and spring offer lower water for a safer descent down the falls. Summer offers high water and a very powerful V rapid.

    Permit:  None required. Parking pass or Northwest Forest pass required for parking at put-in and take-out.
    Character/Similar To:  Forested high desert river, with a waterfall and some continuous rapids in a volcanic rock canyon.
    Hazards:  Dillon Falls is a 12 foot drop, with a sticky horseshoe and a large sticky river wide hole immediatly after the drop. There is currently a tree stuck in the small pool just below the falls, stay away from the center.
    Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private.
    Wilderness:  No
    Camping on River:  No
    Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 131 miles Southeast of Salem, OR
    Area Name:  Central Oregon, near Bend.
    Shuttle Logistics: 

    Take Out: From Bend, drive southwest out of Bend on Century Drive (also called the Cascade Lakes Highway) toward Mount Bachelor. Turn left onto National Forest Road 41. Turn left at the sign that says Big Eddy Recreation Area and follow the signs to Aspen Picnic Area.

    Put in: Return to National Forest Road 41 and turn left at the Dillon Falls sign. Follow the road until you reach the parking area.

    Dillon Falls on the Deschutes River

    Dillon falls is a fun class V water fall that leads to a fun short class IV+ canyon. The entire run is easily scouted, and should be scouted from the trail on river left. During the summer the drop is usually run off the shelf on river left. In the winter time at lower flows the drop is run off the ledge on river right. At all flows the canyon following the drop is fun class IV for experienced boaters.

    Dillon falls is the second water fall in the Triple Crown of whitewater in Central Oregon. To make a long intense day go run Benham falls first, then Dillon falls, and finally Lava Island Falls.

    Last Edited by josho on 4/25/2011

    Towns near Dillon Falls Kayaking

    Bend Oregon
    La Pine Oregon
    Redmond Oregon
    Sisters Oregon
    Sunriver Oregon

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