Benham Falls To Dillon Falls


Up until this point, the upper Deschutes is mainly a fishing and scenic mellow float.  Things change drastically here as the river has significant elevation drop over the next couple of miles.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Deschutes River are between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 3,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 14076500, the Deschutes River Near Culver Remember only watercraft are permitted at Benham Falls to Dillon Falls.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Banham Falls Entrance Rapid
Class III to IV
Benham Falls
Class V to V+
Below Benham Falls 1 Rapid
Class III to III+
Below Benham Falls 2 Rapid
Class III to III+
Below Benham Falls 3 Rapid
Class III- to III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Mckenzie R Blw Trail Br Dam Nr Belknap Springs
USGS 14158850
1,010 cfs 6.8 ft
Smith River Abv Trail Brdg Resv Nr Belknap Springs
USGS 14158798
26 cfs 2,196.8 ft
Smith R Ab Smith R Res Nr Belknap Sprgs
USGS 14158790
124 cfs 6.4 ft
Crooked River Below Opal Springs
USGS 14087400
1,390 cfs 2.0 ft
Mckenzie River At Outlet Of Clear Lake
USGS 14158500
405 cfs 2.3 ft
Metolius River Near Grandview
USGS 14091500
1,450 cfs 1.3 ft
Mckenzie River Bl Payne Cr
USGS 14158740
458 cfs 2,094.7 ft
Deschutes River Near Culver
USGS 14076500
756 cfs 2.8 ft
Crooked River Blw Osborne Canyon
USGS 14087380
137 cfs 2.0 ft
Snotel Site Flowpack 24hr Change
Mckenzie
SNOTEL 619
99" -1"
Roaring River
SNOTEL 719
70" -1"
Santiam Jct.
SNOTEL 733
45" 0"
bend 7 ne
SNOTEL BWTO3
0.17" 0"
New Crescent Lake
SNOTEL 660
43" 0"
Marion Forks
SNOTEL 614
16" 1"
Chemult Alternate
SNOTEL 395
28" -1"
Hogg Pass
SNOTEL 526
64" 1"
Silver Creek
SNOTEL 756
28" 0"
Peavine Ridge
SNOTEL 687
34" 1"
Smith Ridge
SNOTEL 1167
13" -1"
Three Creeks Meadow
SNOTEL 815
43" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Big River 11 4,170 ft
Paulina Lake 69 6,340 ft
Prairie 16 4,304 ft
Tumalo State Park None 3,235 ft
Mckay Crossing 10 4,758 ft
Lapine State Park 129 4,239 ft
Ski Area Flowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Bachelor 43" 33° 12.54"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Dillon Falls to Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy) 756.0cfs 12.0 Mi III to V
Benham Falls to Dillon Falls 756.0cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V+
Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park 756.0cfs 15.0 Mi III- to III+
Bend to Tumalo State Park (Riverhouse Run) 756.0cfs 5.0 Mi IV to IV+
Dillon Falls to Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy) 756.0cfs 12.0 Mi III to V
Canyon Run (Lower Bridge to Billy Chinook Res.) 756.0cfs 15.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge 756.0cfs 12.0 Mi III