- Hire a guide for a thrilling adventure on one of Central Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rivers.
- Float Class II and Class III rapids on the Metolius River near Camp Sherman.
- Take a multi-day float trip on the Deschutes River's famous whitewater rapids.
- Enjoy beautiful canyon views as you float the Crooked River.
Central Oregon is notorious for its Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Deschutes River - famous for excellent whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing - flows right through Bend. The Crooked River, McKenzie River, and Metolius River are not far away and offer spectacular scenery for all who float their waters. While those who have a lot of experience often float on their own, those new to the sport often choose to hire skilled guides to navigate these beautiful rivers. Either way, a scenic float trip near Bend will definitely be an exciting adventure.
Where to go on a Scenic Float Trip
- Deschutes River – There are many places along this 250-mile long river to enjoy a float trip. Trips can last for a few hours up to several days, depending on your preference. Rapids on this “river of falls” range from easy Class I to dangerous Class V. Two scenic routes not far from Bend include the 14.5-mile Class III run from Tumalo State Park to Cline Falls State Park, and the 14.2-mile run from Lower Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook. The latter run consists of Class III and Class IV rapids and takes floaters through deep canyon walls.
- McKenzie River – The South Fork McKenzie River run is a beautiful run that stretches from French Pete Creek to Cougar Reservoir. Depending on the water level, the whitewater rapids can range from Class III – good for strong intermediate rafters and kayakers, all the way to dangerous Class V rapids which are suitable for experts only.
- Metolius River – This beautiful river flows primarily northwest of Bend, passing through Camp Sherman and along the edge of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. There are two short scenic runs with Class II and Class III rapids – a 1.9 mile run from the Camp Sherman Bridge to the Gorge Campground, and a 6.6 mile run from the Gorge Campground to Lower Bridge.
- Crooked River – Although the waters don’t always run high enough for a float trip, when they do the views are spectacular. The 17-mile run from Lone Pine Bridge to Hollywood Road consists of rapids ranging from Class III to Class V, and boasts beautiful canyon views.
Guided Tours & Rentals
If you’re planning a scenic float trip while you’re in Bend, be sure to explore the various outfitters and professional guides listed on this web page.