Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sunriver Marina Closed to Public Launch

The Sunriver Marina launch on the Deschutes River, Oregon (next to the Trout House Restaurant in Sunriver) is now closed to the public. If you had the idea that you'd check out Sunriver Resort, going to the Marina and launching your stand up paddle board, now you can't.

We recommend that you launch at Harper Bridge and paddle to Benham Falls for an easy and beautiful Deschutes downriver ten mile paddle through the Sunriver Resort area. It's an easier shuttle. You don't have to wind through the traffic and circles of Sunriver Resort (it can be a zoo in the summer) and the Harper Bridge put in adds 3 miles more to the river trip.

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.

Read about how to get to the Harper Bridge - Benham Falls stretch of the Deschutes River and what to expect on our post Deschutes River, Oregon: Harper Bridge to Benham Falls.
Here's the copy of the text from the Sunriver Resort paid advertisement/notice in the July 1, 2009, Bend Bulletin, Bend, Oregon:

Due to the severe environmental impact and the current conditions of the surrounding riparian areas, the private boat ramp at the Sunriver Resort Marina will be closed to the public as of 5 pm Friday, July 3 (2009). This includes motorized boats and all other flat watercrafts (canoes, kayaks, rafts and other inflatables). All interested boaters may either rent a watercraft through Sunriver Resort Marina and launch from the private doc or access the river via designated public launch sites. Information about access to lakes and rivers in national forests in Central Oregon is available at
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