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Deschutes Wild and Scenic River | by BLM Oregon & Washington
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Deschutes Wild and Scenic River

Do you enjoy rafting trips, fly-fishing for native steelhead and-or huge central Oregon skies?


Well, if so, the Deschutes Wild and Scenic River may be your nature wonderland.


From the Oregon-Washington border past the whitewater rafting community of Maupin, the BLM manages dozens of camping sites, boat ramps and picnic areas along the Deschutes.


Also along the river is the 34-mile-long Deschutes River Backcountry Byway. The 9-mile-long paved section ends at Sherars Falls, where Native Americans still fish for salmon using traditional platforms and nets. After that the road is mostly gravel for another 25 miles to Macks Canyon.


These photos, captured in March of 2016, are from the Macks Canyon site, which boasts riverside campsites, amazing canyon views and the occasional freight train encounter.


For more information on how to visit the Deschutes River, call our district office in Prineville at 541-416-6700 or visit here:


Photos and video clips by Greg Shine, BLM

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Taken on March 16, 2016