Warm Springs To Sherars Falls


This is a very popular section of the Deschutes (known as the lower deschutes).  Raft overnighters or multi-day trips are possible here as well as day runs.  Day runs typically are done around Wapinitia Creek or Maupin to Sherars Falls take out on Sandy Beach.

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 Warm Springs to Sherars Falls.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Upper Trout Creek Rapids
Class II to II+
Lower Trout Creek Rapid
Class II to II+
Upper Whitehorse Rapid
Class II to II+
Whitehorse Rapid
Class III+ to IV-
Buckskin Mary Rapid
Class III to III+
Four-chutes Rapid
Class II to II+
Lower Four-chutes Rapid
Class II to II+
Wapinitia Rapid
Class III to III+
Boxcar Rapid
Class III to III+
Surf City Rapid
Class II to II+
Oak Springs Rapid
Class IV- to IV
White River Rapid
Class II to II+
Upper Elevator Rapid
Class II to II+
Lower Elevator Rapid
Class II+ to III-

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Crooked River Below Opal Springs
USGS 14087400
1,300 cfs 2.0 ft
Metolius River Near Grandview
USGS 14091500
1,460 cfs 1.6 ft
Shitike Cr
USGS 14092750
187 cfs 1.8 ft
Bull Run River At Lower Flume Nr Brightwood
USGS 14138720
27 cfs 1.4 ft
Shitike Creek Near Warm Springs
USGS 14093000
89 cfs 4.4 ft
Deschutes River Near Culver
USGS 14076500
860 cfs 3.1 ft
Crooked River Blw Osborne Canyon
USGS 14087380
146 cfs 2.0 ft
Deschutes River Near Madras
USGS 14092500
4,060 cfs 2.9 ft
Beaver Creek
USGS 14096850
33 cfs 2.1 ft
Oak Grove Fork Near Government Camp
USGS 14208700
104 cfs 1.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mud Ridge
SNOTEL 655
2" -1"
Mt Hood Test Site
SNOTEL 651
4" -5"
Clackamas Lake
SNOTEL 398
1" -2"
Hogg Pass
SNOTEL 526
1" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cove Palisades State Park None 2,604 ft
Jefferson County Fairgrounds RV None 2,322 ft
Madras City Park None 2,243 ft
Pelton Park None 1,627 ft
Haystack Lake 54 2,906 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Warm Springs to Sherars Falls 4060.0cfs 63.0 Mi III to III+
Lower Deschutes (Sherars Falls to Columbia River) 4060.0cfs 44.0 Mi III to III+
Cline Falls State Park to Lower Bridge 860.0cfs 12.0 Mi III
Canyon Run (Lower Bridge to Billy Chinook Res.) 860.0cfs 15.5 Mi IV- to IV+