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Deschutes River State Recreation Area

  General Advisory 06/08/20
Fire ban is currently in effect. No fires or other spark/ember emitting items are permitted. 

Allowed: propane fire rings and charcoal briquettes when ignited using lighter fluid and used inside of a designated fire ring. 
Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife
  • Horse Trails
  • Open Year Round
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Bike Path
  • Boat Ramp
  • Exhibit Information
  • Fishing

COVID-19 UPDATE

Day Use

  • The park is open to daytime use with reduced services.
  • Includes Heritage Landing, Moody Islands and all boat access to the Deschutes and Columbia rivers.
  • Boater pass system is open for both rivers.
  • Vault restrooms are open, however some flush restrooms may be closed.

Do not travel far to visit. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Pack out trash. Facilities may close without notice.

Camping

Campground is open with reduced services. Beginning July 1, accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com

Campfires are typically prohibited during the summer months. Check the Park Alerts at the top of this page for updates.

 

A Loop (open year-round)

  • 34 electrical sites with water for RV or tent camping (water shut off in the winter)
  • Flush toilets
  • SHOWERS OPEN 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Paved parking pads 

B Loop (closed in winter)

  • 14 primitive RV/tent sites
  • Vault toilets & potable water nearby

G Loop (closed in winter)

  • 4 reservable primitive RV/tent camping areas
  • Group areas accommodate up to five RVs or tents for up to 25 people CLOSED through at least Sept. 7
  • Vault toilets & potable water nearby

T Loop (closed in winter)

  • 11 primitive sites for tents & small RVs (maximum combined length of 24 feet)
  • Vault toilets & potable water nearby

 

The information below applies to pre-COVID-19 operations.

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The Deschutes River State Recreation Area is a tree-shaded, overnight oasis for campers. The sparkle-laden, swift, green rush of the Deschutes converges with the Columbia here, & there's no better place for family outing activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, rafting, world-class steelhead & trout fishing. Equestrian trail riding permitted March- June with a reservation (closed July-February).

Spring comes early in the Deschutes canyon, painting the walls of the canyon green for a few months each year, before heat begins to build in June, turning the vegetation a golden shade of brown. The canyon is sheltered & warmer than you might think; the first wildflowers break from winter's grip in late February. What a great escape from the rainy weather!

The Atiyeh Deschutes River Trail at river level is a favorite jaunt for hikers on hot summer days. You just can't beat the cool river and the shade of white alder trees (& while you're resting, look for the hanging basket-type nests built by the orioles).

The Deschutes, which is both a national and state scenic waterway, drops about a quarter of a mile in its final 100 miles as it twists through canyons 700 to 2,200 feet deep - great for days of fun whitewater rafting, kayaking, & inner-tubing.

Heritage Landing is a popular jetboaters launch. It provides access to the Deschutes and Columbia Rivers. This is where river guides meet their clients, families gather to head out onto the Columbia River for salmon fishing or water skiing, & everyone collects to share the excitement of their big catch. Jetboating is allowed on the lower segment of the Deschutes River all year 'round except alternating weekends from June - September; boaters passes are required for all flotation devices.

The lower 2 miles of the Deschutes River is a pass through zone for boaters. This provides fishing access for the many hike-up anglers that depart from Heritage Landing & use the river trails.