Deschutes River - Dillon Falls to Mount Bachelor Village (Big Eddy)



This run starts off with Dillon Falls (class V).  This is a 15 foot drop that can have some serious hydraulics below it.  A small canyon follows.

Most people run this section starting at the Aspen Camp access.  This is also known as the Big Eddy section and is a popular day run.  The Big Eddy section is mainly class III water and offers up a lot of play for kayakers.  Take out is Lava Island access.

Below here is Lava Island Rapids which are more class V.

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


Class III to V
Current Flow Visual or Unknown
Recommended Flow Minimum: 800.0
Average: 1400.0
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 12.0 Mile(s)
Gradient FPM