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The Upper Deschutes River starts high in the Cascade Mountains at Little Lava Lake. It flows through two reservoirs, Crane Prairie and Wickiup, going through Sunriver, and then on its way to the city of Bend. Irrigation water storage in and release from these two reservoirs causes low winter and high summer streamflows.

When to Go: January-December

Best Features: remote, scenic, trout and steelhead fishing, fun rapids, perfect beginner kayaker 3 day trip

Rafting Difficulty Level: III

Fish: Trout, Steelhead, Salmon

Good For: Fishing, Rafting, Kayaking. Small groups looking to get away from the crowds

Miles: 44.00

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