Deschutes River - Big River to Benham Falls



This is another mainly flatwater stretch of the Dschutes.  Most of the land surrounding the river has become private over the years so please be respectful to land owners.  Fishing and fly fishing remain good on the upper stretches of the Deschutes.  Bringing the pole is recommended.

Benham Falls (below the take-out for this run) is a recommended portage (see Benham Falls run for more info on this).

Flow info is currently obtained at the Bureau of Reclamations site located here (


Class I to II
Current Flow Visual or Unknown
Recommended Flow Minimum: 700.0
Average: 1600.0
Maximum: 3000.0
Typical Season Begins: January
Ends: December
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: Yes
Packrafting: No
Fishing: Yes
Primary Gauge VISUAL
Length 18.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 0.7 FPM