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Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
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Bend, OR

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Riverhouse Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Deschutes River

Nick in the Wright Stuff Rapid at 600 cfs
The Squeeze at 700 cfs Stay Right after The Squeeze at 700 cfs Log after Tight Squeeze at 700 cfs T-Rex Rapid at 700 cfs Ogre Rapid at 700 cfs
Take out for Riverhouse at 600 cfs

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Riverhouse Video

Riverhouse - Lots of Ogre Runs
  • Jason Offutt Running Ogre Rapid
  • Dropping Steidl Dam
  • Riverhouse Info
    Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
    Put In:  Sawyer Park
    Take Out:  Tumalo State Park
    Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
    Gradient:  60 ft/mi
    Run Length:  5.0 miles
    Current Streamflow:  85 cfs @ 10/09/2014 04:30 AM - DEBO - Deschutes River Below Bend, OR, reading taken from USBR
    Flow Information (phone):  541-388-6669. Deschutes River at Bend.
    Good Level:  500 - 1,500 cfs
    Streamflow Comments: 

    Riverhouse only runs from mid-October to mid-April. During the summer almost all the water in the river is diverted into canals.

    Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, October, November, December
    Primary Season: 
    Permit:  None required.
    Character/Similar To:  A steep, technical pool-drop run through a residential area.
    Hazards:  Possible log hazards, high water, and very cold swims. One river wide log that you can sneak far river right.
    Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
    Land Ownership:  Mostly private.
    Wilderness:  No
    Camping on River:  No
    Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 115 miles Southeast of Salem
    Shuttle Logistics: 

    Put in: Sawyer Park, from Highway 97 take the Empire Blvd exit, Exit 135B and head west. Follow Empire Blvd until it meets O.B. Riley Road and take a left. Take a right off of O.B. Riley road into Sawyer Park.

    Take out: Tumalo State Park, from Highway 97 take the Empire Blvd exit, Exit 135B and head west. Follow Empire Blvd until it meets O.B. Riley Road and take a right. Follow O.B. Riley road until you reach Tumalo State Park. To avoid parking fees you can pass Tumalo State Park, go across the bridge and park on the side of the road.

    Riverhouse on the Deschutes River

    The first part of the run is mostly class II with some flatwater.

    Mile .75: When you pass under the first bridge the first class III is just around the corner. The first rapid can be easily scouted from an eddy at the top of the rapid on river right. This rapid offers great warm up eddy hopping with a small hole at the bottom in the center. Shortly after this, another bridge crosses the river, marking the second class three rapid. This rapid is easily boat scouted by experienced boaters. Scouting is possible on river right but it is on private property.

    Mile 1(The Wright Stuff Rapid): A left bend in the river and a small horizon line marks the first very technical class IV rapid. The Wright Stuff is easily portaged and scouted on a trail on river right. This rapid should be scouted for wood frequently. The rapid becomes very wide and shallow, and should be run left of center. A good landmark for this rapid is a very large bush to the left of the main channel that you paddle right next to. At higher flows there are many lines through this rapid.

    Mile 1.25(Flumes of Doom Rapid): A long pool separates the Flumes of Doom from The Wright Stuff. This rapid is easily noticed by a large horizon line scattered with boulders. Enter the top portion of the drop on river right and make a strong ferry to river left into a large eddy. This drop can be scouted either from the eddy or from shore. Run down the center and boof right. There is a short section of read and run class III just below this drop with many eddies.

    Mile 2(T-Rex Rapid): After a short section of read and run class III the river takes a bend to the right and brings you to the top of T-Rex. This rapid can be scouted from either side of the river but does require some hiking. Lead into the rapid in the center of the main channel. The short 2 foot drop can be run one of two ways. You can catch an eddy on river right and sneak down the right side. Or you can make the boof move in the center over a hole that is sticky at some flows.

    Mile 3(Ogre Rapid): After a mile of class III boogie water, you will arrive at the final large horizon line. Keep an eye out for this horizon line; it is quick to sneak up on unaware boaters. Catch an eddy on river right well above the horizon line to scout this drop. Enter this drop left of center near the pour over on river left with some right momentum. Make sure to avoid the house rock at the bottom. Below Ogre is a short section of class III ledges, be careful here and look for wood.

    Mile 5(Take out): After a couple miles of class II and III read and run the take out is near when the river slows to class I. Take out either on river right in Tumalo State Park or river left just past the park.

    Last Edited by josho on 4/25/2011

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