When summer heats up, many Sunriver visitors and residents take to the Deschutes River to cool off. On the hottest days, expect to see flotillas of inner tubes, rafts, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
The Deschutes River in the Sunriver area runs wide and gentle through gorgeous mountain scenery, with good wildlife viewing opportunities. This part of the river is rated Class 1 moving water with riffles, minor waves and few or no obstructions.
As inviting as it looks, the river’s current is deceptively strong, and the water is much colder than most people expect. The Deschutes River is spring fed and water temperatures rarely exceed 60 degrees. A quick dunk in the river feels good for a few moments on the hottest days, but hypothermia is a real concern for anyone unable to get out of the water. Life vests, appropriate clothing, food and water, knowing in advance the distances and float times and safe boating practices are important to keep the focus on fun.
Popular floats between publicly accessible launch and takeout points in the Sunriver area include:
Sunriver Resort operates a commercial marina at River Mile 188.2 off River Road. The general public and guests of the Resort must rent boats from the marina to utilize this facility. Boat rental fees include a shuttle ride back from the Canoe Takeout at River Mile 182.0.
Sunriver Owners Association opened a private launch and parking area in 2015 at River Mile 188.2. Access to this facility is restricted to Sunriver homeowners and their guests. Only those with updated Member Preference and Recreation Plus access cards issued by the homeowner’s association will be able to utilize this facility. Information: 541-585-3147, www.sunriverstyle.com/fun-on-the-river.html
Several shops in The Village at Sunriver and the Sunriver Business Park rent watercraft, life vests and other necessary items. State law requires life vests for all watercraft occupants, whether you are in a float tube, kayak, canoe or boat.
For a complete list of public boat launches on the upper Deschutes River between Sunriver and Wickiup Dam visit: www.deschutespaddletrail.com
RENTALS & OUTFITTERS
Sunriver Toy House Rentals
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
Village Bike & Ski