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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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  • This is such a gorgeous place. The river flows through Bend and there are many parks along it. The country is flows through is beautiful and is very picturesque.  more »
  • The feel and look and style of Bend are all dependent on the river. It makes Bend. Love be able to take a walk along it or sit by it to watch the water roll by or the people enjoying it.  more »

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