Lower Deschutes (Sherars Falls To Columbia River)


This run is another great overnight or day run.  There are a few remaining rapids before hitting the mighty Columbia and camp and fishing options abound.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Deschutes River are between a bare minimum of 2,500cfs and a high of 9,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 14092500, the Deschutes River Near Madras Remember only watercraft are permitted at Lower Deschutes (Sherars Falls to Columbia River).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Buckhollow Rapids
Class II
Trestle Hole Rapid
Class II+ to III-
Wreck Rapid
Class III to III+
Rapid
Class II
Macks Canyon Rapid
Class II
Island Rapid
Class II to II+
Bull Run Rapid
Class II to II+
Jet Pump Rapid
Class II+
Harris Rapid
Class II to II+
Washout Rapid
Class III to III+
Gordon Ridge Rapid
Class III to III+
Colorado Rapid
Class III to III+
Knock Knock Rapid
Class II
Rattlesnake Rapid
Class III
Moody Rapid
Class III to III+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Columbia River At The Dalles
USGS 14105700
136,000 cfs 75.2 ft
John Day River At Mcdonald Ferry
USGS 14048000
2,530 cfs 4.0 ft
Shitike Cr
USGS 14092750
99 cfs 1.4 ft
Metolius River Near Grandview
USGS 14091500
1,410 cfs 1.6 ft
Beaver Creek
USGS 14096850
70 cfs 2.3 ft
Deschutes River At Moody
USGS 14103000
4,380 cfs 2.7 ft
White Salmon River Near Underwood
USGS 14123500
963 cfs 4.0 ft
Hood River At Tucker Bridge
USGS 14120000
661 cfs 3.9 ft
Deschutes River Near Culver
USGS 14076500
509 cfs 2.0 ft
Warm Springs River Near Kahneeta Hot Springs
USGS 14097100
373 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Indian Rock
SNOTEL 1129
11" -2"
Potato Hill
SNOTEL 702
89" -2"
Satus Pass
SNOTEL 1231
5" -2"
Three Creeks Meadow
SNOTEL 815
15" -2"