Deschutes - 01. Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls

Deschutes, Oregon, US


01. Wickiup Dam to Pringle Falls

Usual Difficulty I(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 9 Miles

Deschutes River

Deschutes River
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 05/20/18 @ 1650 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Deschutes Below Wickiup Reservoir
dream-561 400 - 1800 cfs I(IV) 28h00m 98 cfs (too low)

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.

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Last Updated: 2018-05-22 23:31:42


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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-225.8Tenino Boat LaunchN/AAccess Photo
-219.5Bull Bend CampgroundN/AAccess
-217.8Wyeth CampgroundN/AAccess Photo
-217.1Pringle FallsIV

Rapid Descriptions

Tenino Boat Launch (Class N/A, Mile -225.8)

Tenino Boat Ramp access

Tenino Boat Ramp access
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 05/20/18 @ 1650 cfs

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

Bull Bend Campground (Class N/A, Mile -219.5)

Access with boat ramp on river left.

Wyeth Campground (Class N/A, Mile -217.8)

Wyeth Campground Boat Ramp

Wyeth Campground Boat Ramp
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 05/20/18 @ 1650 cfs

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)

The land around the falls is all private.

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