Deschutes River - 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.

Expert boaters should only consider floating this run.  Always check for wood and stay away at high or flood flows to be extra safe. 

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


Class V- to V+
Current Flow Visual or Unknown
Recommended Flow Minimum: 800.0
Average: 1500.0
Maximum: 3000.0
Typical Season Begins: January
Ends: December
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge VISUAL
Length 2.5 Mile(s)
Gradient 43.3 FPM