SEASON: This reach is dewatered during the summer irrigation season and it gets pretty cold in the winter here. Sunny days in March and early April are often best, but can be run all winter.
DESCRIPTION: Portage around Cline Falls and Power Station near the start. Odin Falls (IV+) further into the trip can be portage on the right. Character of the run is ranch land with a canyon through the second half.
This is a nice class II-III run with a class IV+ portage around Odin Falls which is about 1 mile into the run and can be recognized by the house high on cliff on river left and powerlines. There is a No Trespassing sign and barbed wire, so be careful to stay within the high water mark and not tear your drysuit and gear!
There are not many beginner-intermediate runs near Bend, so this is a nice local option. There are a couple of class III boulder gardens.
Note flows on this section of the Deschutes is higher than the flows at this gauge below Bend because of additional flow coming in from Tumalo.
Class IV+ falls. Manky at low water around 775 cfs. Can portage on right -- beware of barbed wire. Can easily run the tongue right of center just below Odin Falls.
The Bureau of Reclamation's Deschutes River below Bend (DEBO) gauge applies to this section. Look for flows of 500 to 1500 cfs. Check out the teacup diagram to determine the status of reservoirs upstream.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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on Deschutes @12. Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge
scouting Odin Falls
fun tongue below Odin
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