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Archive: Jun 2012

Trip – Vancouver Lake

Because of its size and location Vancouver Lake offers paddlers a convenient and expansive water for sport and recreation. Although heavily used, the lake is large enough to allow paddlers to experience a sense of tranquility and isolation. We recommend either the Airhead Montana Solo or Tandem inflatable kayak although the Tomcats do equally well. And if you just want to…

Trip – Deschutes – Warm Springs to Harpham Flats

Difficulty: Class II , Class III , Class IV (only 2) Gradient: 11 ft/mi Run Length: 41 miles Good Level: 2,000 – 8,000 cfs Put In: From the town of Madras take US Highway 26 northwest for about 12 miles to the US 26 bridge and put in on the right bank. If driving from…

Trip – Deschutes – Harpham Flats to Sandy Beach

Difficulty: Class II , Class III , Class IV Run Length: 11 miles Good Level: 2,000 – 8,000 cfs Shuttle Logistics: Put In: From the town of Maupin take Deschutes River Road southwest for about 4 miles and put in on the right bank at Harpham Flats. Take-out: Sandy Beach is located on Oregon Highway…

Trip – Washougal River, Big Eddy Section

The Washougal river is runnable mostly during the rainy season, so be sure to study the river level before hitting the water. The river-bed carves through boat-shredding boulder gardens during low flows and turns into class IV+ roller coaster whitewater at higher flows along the Big Eddy Section. No matter what level the water, the river…

Trip – Deschutes – Buck Hollow to Columbia River

The Deschutes River originates high in the Cascade mountains from Little Lava Lake. The river carves its path through 250 miles of eastern Oregon before flowing into the Columbia. The ‘Lower Deschutes’ refers to the hundred mile section from the mouth of the Deschutes to Pelton Dam (near Lake Billy Chinook). The lower river offers…