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Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls Kayak & Canoe Touring on the Deschutes River

Placid water of the upper Deschutes at 1750 cfs
Beautiful scenery on the upper Deschutes River at 1750 cfs  at 1750 cfs Sunset at Wickiup Reservoir Boat Ramp at Wyeth Campground at 1750 cfs Class IV Pringle Falls lies just downstream!

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Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls Info
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Put In:  Wickiup Dam
Take Out:  Wyeth Campground
Difficulty:  Class I
Gradient:  4 feet/mi
Run Length:  9 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 - 1,800 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

Flows are very regulated by Wickiup Reservoir. From mid-April to mid-October the Deschutes River will be at summer time flows which can vary between 1,500-2,000. Winter time flows will be between 450-900.

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

There will most likely be enough water to paddle this section year around. However, Winters in central oregon are cold so the summer time is the most pleasant time of year to paddle this stretch.

Permit:  none required at this time.
Hazards:  Pringle Falls, class IV, just below the take-out at Wyeth Campground.
Water Craft:  kayak,canoe
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private.
Camping on River:  Yes at the Forest Service Campgrounds.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 165 miles Southeast of Salem
Area Name:  Pacific Region
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take-out: 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 over the bridge spanning the Deschutes and take your first left after the bridge, Forest Road 4370. This road leads to Wyeth campground and take-out.

Put-in: Return to Forest Road 43 and turn left. Continue on NF 43 for about 2.5 miles and turn left on Forest Road 4380 (Wickiup Road) and continue to the reservoir levee. Turn left here and continue along the levee to the put in. There is a locked gate that will require a 200 yard carry to the river. The access is public.

Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls on the Deschutes River

Last Edited by josho on 4/25/2011

Towns near Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls Kayaking

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

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