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Bend, OR

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Pringle Falls to Big River Kayak & Canoe Touring on the Deschutes River

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Pringle Falls to Big River Info
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Put In:  Pringle Falls Campground
Take Out:  Big River Campground
Difficulty:  Class I , Class II
Gradient:  3 ft/mi
Run Length:  16 miles
Current Streamflow:  997 cfs @ 10/09/2014 04:30 AM - WICO - Deschutes River below Wickiup Res., OR, reading taken from USBR
Good Level:  500 to 1,800 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 

dam controlled

Permit:  None presently required.
Hazards:  Pringle Falls is between the Wyeth Campground and Pringle Falls Campground. Use either access point to avoid it. There is also a portage route around the Falls. Tetherow Logjam, about 4 miles below the Pringle Falls Campground put-in. There is a portage route.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private.
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 165 miles southeast of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From US 97, about 2 miles north of La Pine, Oregon, turn west onto Forest Road 43(located at a sign to the Wickiup Reservoir). Continue on Forest Road 43 until about 1/2 mile before the bridge spanning the Deschutes River. take a right on Forest Road 4350. Follow the signs to pringle falls campground.

Take-out: Return to NF 4350 and continue for about 2 miles, turn right onto Forest Road 42 and proceed 8 miles to the Big River Campground and take-out.

Pringle Falls to Big River on the Deschutes River

Last Edited by josho on 4/25/2011

Towns near Pringle Falls to Big River Kayaking

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

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