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Paddle among the beautiful Central Oregon Cascades and Deschutes National Forest. From Bend, you are minutes away from Elk, Hosmer, Paulina and Sparks Lakes.

A picturesque paddle down the Deschutes River followed by a relaxing campfire potluck dinner. Enjoy other activities like mountain biking and hiking the many trails around Tumalo State Park campground.  Bend Water Park and walking paths are a nice evening activity.

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CASCADE LAKES 2021 EVENT Information

This event is held during weekdays as the Cascade Lakes venues are extremely crowded on weekends. 

Event Staff

  • Event Manager:  Chris Mayou
  • Trip Czar:  Joe Howell

What: A camping and kayaking trip in Central Oregon’s Cascades. Evening campfires and camaraderie. For 2021, paddle trips will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

When: Monday-Friday, June 21-25, 2021

Trips: Level 1-2 trips on lakes and the Deschutes River. All trips will require some driving. All trip sign-ups will be done on-site unless otherwise announced.

Clothing on the water:  Lake and river trip requirements can vary, but clothing requirements will follow the OOPS Cold Water Policy. Wet exit certification is required, unless you participate in only Level 1 trips while not wearing a sprayskirt, as is compliance with all other OOPS safety policies. Bring layers and wind protection. Organizer will communicate requirements.

Meals and Gatherings: Bring your own food, stove etc.  We will likely not have potluck meals in 2021.  For those who are interested, we might bring our own food to a communal picnic. Registrants will receive more information from event staff. Please do not bring firewood. Your event fee covers the cost of firewood that we will purchase locally. Please plan to join us for group campfires!

Accommodations and Cost: We have 8 tent sites at LaPine State Park. Hiking and biking trails abound. Registration fees are found on the calendar. See detailed campground information below.

Parking: If you stay outside the park, you will need to purchase a day pass at the entrance booth to launch from sites within the park.

Time from Portland: About 3.5-4 hours.

How to sign up or get more info: Go to the OOPS website Calendar and click on Cascade Lakes Event.

Camping Details: We have 8 tent sites in Loop N at LaPine State Park. They are generally large and flat and should allow for social distancing. They all have electricity and water. Bathrooms with showers are nearby. Check-in begins Monday at 4 p.m. Check-out is 1 p.m. Friday. Campsites will be shared. We have planned for approximately two-four people and 2 vehicles per site. 

What if you don’t know anybody to share a campsite with? This is your chance to meet some new paddle buddies! We are a friendly group! OOPS will assign the campsites based on your vehicle/equipment needs and the size of the campsites.

Your event registration fee for camping is for the complete event. This includes four nights of camping and additional vehicle fees. DO NOT pay the extra vehicle fee until you have visited your campsite or the OOPS HQ campsite and you are sure that you are the “extra” vehicle, not the first vehicle. The Event Manager will either pay for or refund any extra vehicle fees on site.

State Park firewood advice: “Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by getting your firewood at the campground, or close to it. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference.”

General Information about LaPine State Park

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