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
Smith River Abv Trail Brdg Resv Nr Belknap Springs
USGS 14158798
15 cfs 2,196.6 ft
Metolius River Near Grandview
USGS 14091500
1,380 cfs 1.5 ft
Smith R Ab Smith R Res Nr Belknap Sprgs
USGS 14158790
80 cfs 6.2 ft
Mckenzie R Blw Trail Br Dam Nr Belknap Springs
USGS 14158850
855 cfs 6.7 ft
Mckenzie River Bl Payne Cr
USGS 14158740
389 cfs 2,094.5 ft
Deschutes River Near Culver
USGS 14076500
521 cfs 2.1 ft
Crooked River Below Opal Springs
USGS 14087400
1,460 cfs 2.3 ft
Crooked River Blw Osborne Canyon
USGS 14087380
199 cfs 2.3 ft
Mckenzie River At Outlet Of Clear Lake
USGS 14158500
361 cfs 2.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
New Crescent Lake
SNOTEL 660
12" -1"
Three Creeks Meadow
SNOTEL 815
20" -1"
Peavine Ridge
SNOTEL 687
25" -1"
Marion Forks
SNOTEL 614
11" 0"
Roaring River
SNOTEL 719
70" 1"
Hogg Pass
SNOTEL 526
50" 0"
Mckenzie
SNOTEL 619
91" 1"
Santiam Jct.
SNOTEL 733
26" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Tumalo State Park None 3,235 ft
Lapine State Park 129 4,239 ft
Paulina Lake 69 6,340 ft
Mckay Crossing 10 4,758 ft
Prairie 16 4,304 ft
Big River 11 4,170 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Bachelor 20" 45° 0.19"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge 521.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Benham Falls to Dillon Falls 521.0cfs 2.5 Mi V- to V+
Canyon Run (Lower Bridge to Billy Chinook Res.) 521.0cfs 15.5 Mi IV- to IV+
Bend to Tumalo State Park (Riverhouse Run) 521.0cfs 5.0 Mi IV to IV+
Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park 521.0cfs 15.0 Mi III- to III+
Dillon Falls to Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy) 521.0cfs 12.0 Mi III to V
Dillon Falls to Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy) 521.0cfs 12.0 Mi III to V