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
Deschutes River Near Culver
USGS 14076500
498 cfs 2.0 ft
Crooked River Blw Osborne Canyon
USGS 14087380
104 cfs 1.7 ft
Mckenzie R Blw Trail Br Dam Nr Belknap Springs
USGS 14158850
581 cfs 6.3 ft
Smith R Ab Smith R Res Nr Belknap Sprgs
USGS 14158790
4 cfs 5.1 ft
Smith River Abv Trail Brdg Resv Nr Belknap Springs
USGS 14158798
6 cfs 2,196.3 ft
Crooked River Below Opal Springs
USGS 14087400
1,190 cfs 1.7 ft
Mckenzie River Bl Payne Cr
USGS 14158740
140 cfs 2,094.1 ft
Mckenzie River At Outlet Of Clear Lake
USGS 14158500
195 cfs 1.3 ft
Metolius River Near Grandview
USGS 14091500
1,280 cfs 1.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hogg Pass
SNOTEL 526
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Big River 11 4,170 ft
Lapine State Park 129 4,239 ft
Mckay Crossing 10 4,758 ft
Paulina Lake 69 6,340 ft
Tumalo State Park None 3,235 ft
Prairie 16 4,304 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Bachelor -2" 82° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park 498.0cfs 15.0 Mi III- to III+
Benham Falls to Dillon Falls 498.0cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V+
Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge 498.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Dillon Falls to Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy) 498.0cfs 12.0 Mi III to V
Bend to Tumalo State Park (Riverhouse Run) 498.0cfs 5.0 Mi IV to IV+
Dillon Falls to Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy) 498.0cfs 12.0 Mi III to V
Canyon Run (Lower Bridge to Billy Chinook Res.) 498.0cfs 15.5 Mi IV- to IV+