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Deschutes River: River Bend - Besson (Level 1)

  • June 30, 2017
  • 9:45 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Big River Campground, Deschutes County, OR


  • Active club members, including kayaking professional & lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by Trip Organizer.
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This trip is limited to OOPS members who are WEC (unless exempt under Activity policy F.1.).  To register, you'll need to log into your member account on the OOPS website.

Narrative: I cannot tell a lie—you will paddle past many homes on this leg of the Deschutes River. But the views of Mt. Bachelor that seem to come from all different directions as you wind your way along the curvaceous path of the Deschutes makes up for that. This is an 11-mile trip, with enough current to make the miles seem much shorter. This is a shuttle trip. We will launch from River Bend Campground boat launch and take out at Besson Day Use Area. Simply put, this is a relaxing paddle in a beautiful area. We'll meet at Big River Campground/Gen. Patch Bridge (on the north side of the highway) at 9:45 a.m. to set up the shuttle.
Meeting Time: 9:45:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Big River Campground/General Patch Bridge
Take out: Besson Day Use Area Boat Launch
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:  
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Mel Wishan, Al & Marlene Fisher
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person:  
Maximum number of paddlers: 28 (4 pods of 7 paddlers)
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Time: 3 hours
Tide times & heights:  
Current information:  
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 1: Under 1' waves, no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 1: Waves up to the deck seam; water glassy to rippled, no whitecaps
Landing types: Level 1: Frequent easy landing opportunities including gently sloping, sand, gravel or grass
Currents: Level 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment:  
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: There is some current on the river; we will always be paddling with the current.
Location (Optional):https://www.google.com/maps/place/General+Patch+Bridge,+Bend,+OR+97707/@43.8178966,-121.4991613,17z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x54b898c637667a9b:0x6d0a3aaf0baa53f3!2sGeneral+Patch+Bridge,+Bend,+OR+97707!3b1!8m2!3d43.8178966!4d-121.4969726!3m4!1s0x54b898c637667a9b:0x6d0a3aaf0baa53f3!8m2!3d43.8178966!4d-121.4969726?hl=en&authuser=0
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