Difficulty I(IV)
Length 9 Miles
Gauge Deschutes Below Wickiup Reservoir
Flow Range 400 - 1800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 1350 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/17/2019 3:28 pm

River Description

This run is largely a scenic flatwater paddle to Pringle Falls. You can take out at Wyeth Campground upstream of the falls or continue on downstream and finish the run with a flourish and take out at Pringle Falls Campground. The rapid starts with 200 yards of class III visible from the FR 43 bridge and then picks up with class IV that should be scouted. Portage around the falls is possible but the land is all private and for that reason those not running the falls should take-out at Wyeth Campground. 

For additional information on recreational opportunities see the Deschutes National Forest web site.

Logistics: From Highway 97 mile 165.3 turn onto Burgess Road and follow it 7.3 miles down to the Deschutes River and an intersection just prior to the bridge across the Deschutes River. To reach the take-out from this intersection turn right on Forest Spur 500 and follow it 0.7 miles down to the Pringle Falls Campground which provides hand-carry access to the river (no ramp). To reach the put-in from this instersection turn left on E. Deschutes Rd. (Forest Road 44) and follow it 6.1 miles up to Tenino Boat Launch put-in on river right that includes a boat ramp. An alternate access to take out before Pringle Falls can be reached by staying on Burgess Road and crossing the river (no public access at the bridge). At Burgess Road mile 8.0 turn left to Wyeth Campground and drive 0.2 mile down to the boat ramp.

Pringle Falls Campground (7 sites) and Wyeth Campground (5 sites) are both beautiful camgprounds in a forested setting.

Rapid Descriptions

Tenino Boat Launch

Class - N/A Mile - -225.8

The primary launch point downstream of the dam on river right.

Bull Bend Campground

Class - N/A Mile - -219.5
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Access with boat ramp on river left.

Wyeth Campground

Class - N/A Mile - -217.8

Access point upstream of Pringle Falls for those who don't plan to run the class IV section.

Pringle Falls

Class - IV Mile - -217.1
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The land around the falls is all private.


Gage Descriptions

The Bureau of Reclamation's Deschutes River below Wickiup Reservoir (WICO) gage applies to this section. Look for flows of at least 500 cfs which are dependable through the summer. Outside the irrigation season there may be limited release from the dam.

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2008-07-02 High Fatality High Water Read More




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1202643 09/05/13 Matt Deacon
1202682 09/07/13 Matt Deacon
1209664 05/22/18 Thomas O'Keefe description added
1209665 05/22/18 Thomas O'Keefe description edits
1213354 07/17/19 Thomas O'Keefe updated image position
1191298 11/06/05 justin wellman n/a