About River Drifters
Deschutes River Multi-Day River Rafting Trips
River Drifters offers a large variety of multi-day trips on the lower Deschutes, from just one night to four nights, there is a trip that is just perfect for your family or group. A typical two-day trip will cover more than 40 miles of water. A three-day trip will cover that same 40 miles, but at a much more relaxed pace. This will allow one to relax more at camp, with more time to fish, read, swim, explore a side canyon, or simply soak in their time with nature. A four or five-day trip will cover anywhere from 80 to 100 miles of river. These trips are ideal for those who want to make a true vacation of their experience.
River Drifters will provide all the necessary gear to make your trip enjoyable, relaxing and most importantly, hassle free! A comprehensive personal gear list will be sent out to you upon reservation or you may see a list by seeing our Multi Day Trip List. Basically the only things you need to bring is a tent, sleeping bag and pad, clothes, personal items and we take care of the rest! Rentals of tents and sleeping bags/pads are available to assist those who don’t have any.
River Drifters has been sharing the experience of rafting in Oregon and Washington for more than 35 years. We take care of the details so that you can soak up the full whitewater rafting experience, breathtaking views, and unique wildlife along the way. Are you ready for an adventure?
Deschutes River Rafting
The Deschutes River originates high in the Cascade mountains from Little Lava Lake. The river carves its path through 250 miles of eastern Oregon before flowing into the Columbia. The ‘Lower Deschutes’ refers to the 100-mile section from the mouth of the Deschutes to Pelton Dam (near Lake Billy Chinook). The Lower Deschutes River offers a beautiful desert canyon filled with sage brush, osprey, incredible basalt rock formations and plenty of exciting rapids.
The Deschutes River is one of the most popular rivers in Oregon. There are many attractive features to this section of the river that has made it such a popular destination. From the warm sunshine, reliable summer water flows, and easy access to numerous fun and exciting rapids, it’s not surprising that many people return to the Deschutes year after year.
River Drifters offers a number of trips on the Lower Deschutes, from half-day to five-day vacations. One of the more popular Deschutes trips is the full-day trip. You’ll cover more than 14 river miles in about five to six hours. There are numerous class III+ rapids on this section of river. Some of the exciting rapids that we will run are Wapinita, Boxcar, Surf City, Oak Springs, White River and elevator rapids.
River Drifters also offers a half-day trip for those who can set aside just a few hours. The Lower Deschutes River is perfect for families and first-timers, and even those who have been rafting for several years.
One drawback to the Deschutes River being so popular is the limited number of seats available on our trips during summer weekends. So, if you are considering rafting with us this summer, plan ahead!