The Deschutes Paddle Trail inspires visitors with its unique geology and natural beauty. Meandering at times, frequently tranquil and occasionally astonishingly powerful, the Deschutes Paddle Trail is an awesome display of nature.

the deschutes paddle trail

Whether you want to sea-kayak the beautiful High Cascade Lakes with sweeping mountain views, paddle a gentle section of the Lower Deschutes River among the otters, beavers and eagles, or whitewater-raft an exciting stretch of river just minutes from Downtown Bend, the Deschutes Paddle Trail has something for all recreational water enthusiasts.

The BPTA is currently preparing our maps to work with offline GPS navigation. Pick up hardcopies at Tumalo Creek Kayak in Canoe in Bend.

The Deschutes Paddle Trail showcases the geographical diversity of Central Oregon while providing access to and information about nine of the High Cascade Lakes as well as stretches of the Little Deschutes and Deschutes Rivers within Deschutes County.

The Deschutes Paddle Trail includes the navigable sections of the Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers in Deschutes County along with nine of the largest Cascades Lakes in the county. Detailed descriptions of the Paddle Trail can be found in the “Deschutes Paddle Trail River Guide.”

The 54 page Deschutes Paddle Trail River Guide covers 26 miles of the Little Deschutes River (from LaPine to the river’s junction with the Deschutes River south of Sunriver) and 95 miles of the Deschutes River (from Wickiup Reservoir in the south to Lower Bridge in the north which is the last takeout before leaving Deschutes County).

The River Guide provides general information about the Deschutes Rivers, safety information, environmental information and detailed river maps showing access points and river hazards with GPS coordinates and nearby roads. The River Guides may be purchased at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe and other outdoor shops and bookstores for $15.

The Bend Paddle Trail Alliance a nonprofit organization, and is devoted to the preservation of the natural beauty of the Deschutes Paddle Trail. Recently the organization has created and published, with support of local partners, comprehensive guides to the entire Deschutes Paddle Trail. The guides provide information on local wildlife, river safety and proper stewardship.