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Deschutes River, Bend

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The Little Deschutes River is a tributary of the Deschutes River in the central part of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is about 105mi long, with a drainage basin of 1020mi2. It drains a rural area on the east side of the Cascade Range south of Bend. The Little Deschutes and two other streams in its basin are listed as parts of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
The Little Deschutes River rises near Mule Peak in the high Cascades in the Mount Thielsen Wilderness in northwestern Klamath County, approximately 20mi north of Crater Lake. It flows generally north from the mountains through the Deschutes National Forest, roughly following U.S. Highway 97 past La Pine. It joins the Deschutes from the south approximately 20mi south of Bend in southern Deschutes County.
It passes through the small towns of Crescent and Gilchrist and joins with the Deschutes at Sunriver. The stream meanders significantly most of its course, though this is less pronounced above river mile 80 (river kilometer 130), which is near its crossing of Oregon Route 58.
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  • The Deschutes River float is very relaxing, has beautiful scenery, and a fun commardrary with others while doing it. You begin at Farewell Bend for some smooth calm water and then go over the FUN litt...  more »
  • Running though Bend, OR is a have to see scenic sight -- the Deschutes River. In the Old Mill section of Bend, you will find lots of entertainment including watching people kayak on the river just abo...  more »

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