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2018 Deschutes River: River Bend - Harper Bridge or Benham Falls (Level 1)

  • June 21, 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Big River Campground, Deschutes County, OR


  • Active club members, including kayaking professional & lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by Trip Organizer.

This trip is limited to OOPS members who are ALREADY SIGNED UP for the overall 4-day Cascade Lake trip and 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 the first half of this section 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 make up for that. This trip has two options.  You can take out after 7 miles at Harper Bridge or you can continue another 11 miles to Benham Falls takeout. There is a small current assist the entire trip.  This is a shuttle trip. We will launch from River Bend Campground boat launch and take a lunch break at Besson Day Use Area (10 miles from our put-in; vault toilet) . Simply put, this is a relaxing paddle in a beautiful area; your choice of a short day or a long day.. We'll meet at Big River Campground/Gen. Patch Bridge (on the north side of the highway) at 9:30 a.m. to set up the shuttle.
Meeting Time: 9:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Big River Campground/General Patch Bridge
Take out: Harper Bridge,Besson Day Use Area Boat Launch or Benham Falls Day Use Area
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:  
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s):  Bob Freshman, Dave Smith, Dick Cogburn, Don Durheim, Joe Howell, Karen Cogburn, Marty Martinez, Mel Wishan, Rich Becker.

Has organizer paddled here before? Yes

Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
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: 4-8 hours, depending on take-out selected
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 4:  15 - 22 miles (optional)
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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