Road Trip: Wasco, Moro and Maupin

Between the Columbia River Gorge and the high desert of Central Oregon lies an undiscovered country. Sunny and tranquil, the highways wind through a string of small towns where friendly residents have been quietly making their living in farming, ranching and outdoor recreation for generations. Towns like Wasco, Moro and Maupin aren’t exactly secret, just… More
: Robbie McClaran

Maupin

Named for a 19th-century pioneer who also ran a ferry here, Maupin’s history has long been tied to the Deschutes River.

Today you can enjoy the river in myriad ways: Book a rafting or fly-fishing trip, or just enjoy the rich animal and bird life with a hike along the water.

Trip Ideas

  • Fly Fishing and Road Biking in Maupin
    Every spring we plan a trip around the emergence of a 3-inch insect that flops clumsily in the sky like a small bird. It is the famed salmonfly hatch, and it’s the reason we first... More
    Laura Crawford and Russ Roca, Guest Author
  • White River Adventure
    This week I hit the open road to explore the valleys east of Mt Hood and discover the White River Wildlife Area and White River State Park. There are nearly 30,000 acres of refuge that... More
  • Go With the Flow
    Spring runoff makes rivers flows strong. For some early season boating, check out the rivers in sunny Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon, where warmer temperatures make it easier to take the plunge. The Deschutes River runs from... More
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Ask Oregon

Where can I go rafting near Portland with a 6 year-old?

For rafting near Portland with a six year old I’d suggest the Deschutes River near Maupin. It’s a great introduction to rafting and flows all summer long!

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