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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
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