Deschutes - 12. Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge

Deschutes, Oregon, US


12. Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge

Usual Difficulty II-III(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 11.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 27 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Deschutes Below Bend
dream-290 400 - 1500 cfs II-III(IV) 08h27m 525 cfs (running)

River Description

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-05-22 06:53:57

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.0Odin FallsN/APortage Waterfall Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Odin Falls (Class N/A, Mile 1.0)

scouting Odin Falls

scouting Odin Falls
Photo of Austin Bouck and Bruce Bradshaw by Andy Lovering taken 02/20/17 @ 775 cfs

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.

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