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Lower Deschutes River

The Deschutes is a desert river flowing north through deep, rugged canyons and has some of the biggest trout water that an angler will ever see.  High-side drift boats or inflatable rafts help anglers easily cover large stretches water, but numerous class III and IV rapids make the Deschutes appropriate for experienced whitewater boaters only.…
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By: Jason Halsey

Metolius River

The Metolius is as spectacular a river as one can imagine existing in the Pacific Northwest. Emanating from 2 clusters of springs near the base of Black Butte, the river winds some 28.6 miles through the Deschutes National Forest, until it empties into Lake Billy Chinook and ultimately the Deschutes River. Designated in 1988, as…
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By: Tye Krueger

Fall River

The Fall River is a crystal clear spring creek tributary of the Deschutes River lined with Lodgepole pine and lush green meadows. This barbless, fly fishing only river is an important contributor of high quality water to the Deschutes.  As with all spring creeks, the Fall River's flows are clear, cold, and steady as it flows…
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By: Tye Krueger

Crooked River

Carving a beautiful canyon through the volcanic basalt, the Crooked River is a tributary of the Deschutes.  Cold water released from the base of Bowman Dam creates the river's most productive 10 miles, called the Wild and Scenic section.  This stretch of the river supports a buffet of insects and large numbers of native Redband…
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By: Tye Krueger