Rising on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains
south of La Pine
, the Deschutes River flows northward through Bend
. It is dammed just below its confluence with the Metolius River
, forming Lake Billy Chinook
. Continuing northward, it flows through Maupin
and eventually reaches the Columbia River
east of The Dalles
The Lewis & Clark Expedition camped near the mouth of the Deschutes River during their return trip upriver on April 21, 1806.
The Deschutes is a popular whitewater rafting river, with many Class III rapids. The river is perfect for families and first-time rafters.