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Difficulty I
Length 18 Miles
Gauge Deschutes At Benham Falls
Flow Range 1000 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 1700 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/23/2018 5:15 am

River Description

This is a mellow float through private land and houses lining the banks including the community of Sunriver. This section ends where the river enters the National Forest and Newberry National Volcanic Monument just above Benham Falls.

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


To reach the put-in, take exit 153 towards Sunriver off Highway 97. Continue 2.3 miles west towards the river on South Century Drive. At this junction you can continue straight on Spring River Road 0.5 miles to an access on upstream river right of the Harper Bridge. Alternatively, turn left at the junction to stay on South Century Drive. In another 3.1 miles turn right at the intersection to stay on South Century Drive and in 2.7 miles you will cross the river at Big River Campground. The boat ramp is on the downstream river right side of the bridge.

To access the take-out upstream of Benham Falls on river right at the Benham Falls East Trailhead, head to the Lava Lands Visitor Center on Highway 97. Coming from Bend turn into the visitor center at mile 149.5 (if coming from the south you will need to take Exit 151 to reach the visitor center). From the vistior center drive 4.0 miles down Forest Road 9702 to the Benham Falls East Trailhead upstream of a footbridge that crosses the river and is well above the falls.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The Bureau of Reclamation's Deschutes River at Beenham Falls (BENO) gage applies to the last part of this section. You'll need water from the Deschutes River below Wickiup Reservoir (WICO) to get you through the first section. Outside the irrigation season there may be limited release from the dam. Look for flows around of 1000 to 3000 cfs which are dependable through the summer.

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2014-08-02 n/a Fatality Other Read More




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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1202645 09/05/13 Matt Deacon
1209667 05/23/18 Thomas O'Keefe description edits and gage added
1202685 09/07/13 Matt Deacon
1209670 05/23/18 Thomas O'Keefe access edit
1209671 05/23/18 Thomas O'Keefe minor edit
1192862 11/06/05 n/a n/a