Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Group Event: Deschutes River, Oregon - Harper Bridge, Sunriver, OR to Benham Falls

Last weekend's paddle was a great time! The sun came out a few times and the company was stellar. Thanks Kay for shuttling us back to our cars. Here's the note Randall sent out that explained the trip. If you have a fun trip in mind, leave comments about what you'd like to try as a group and we can get the event set up. Let's do this again!

This is an easy and beautiful Deschutes downriver ten mile paddle through the Sunriver Resort area. The Harper Bridge launch does not require a U.S. Forest Service permit as it's Highway property. The Benham Falls launch area requires a parking pass. You can get a NW Forest pass for $25.00 at most any sporting goods store or National Forest office. Sometimes the parking area has a paid parking box where you can buy a $5.00 per day parking pass.

Photo credits for the slide show: Kay Jaskolski, Peter & Susie Miller, Pam Stevenson
Hi Everyone,
Here's the news on the Deschutes downriver paddle. The stretch we'll do is from the bridge just south of Sunriver to the Benham Falls takeout near Lava Lands Visitor center. The stretch is about ten miles and takes around two-three hours on water. We'll stop at the Sunriver Marina lagoon for a break. They have food and nice restrooms and are anxious for us to see their standup paddle operation with rentals, shuttles, lessons etc. The forecast is temps in the mid sixties and partial clouds. We meet at 1:30 at Lava Lands Visitors center just south of the High Desert Museum on Hwy 97. When you pull in you'll see a sign to Benham Falls to the left and immediately a parking lot. We'll meet there to consolidate into fewer cars and leave some cars at the takeout. Leave food and liquid refreshments at the takeout too. Bring your extra rack straps. It's OK to stack boards on top of each other if they're padded. Kay has volunteered to shuttle from the finish, so that will get 4 or 5 of us back to our cars right away. There's no whitewater, the river is similar to our Old Mill stretch but much wilder. Last Sunday we had a deer swim downriver with us right in Sunriver!

Randall Barna

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