Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I get a boater pass?
Segment 2 – Harpham Flat to Sandy Beach
This segment is our most popular 1-day float on the Deschutes River. It’s an “unlimited section,” meaning passes are always available. Get your passes at recreation.gov. Bring your pass with you or have it on your smart phone.
Segments 1, 3 & 4
These sections are under the “limited entry” system. Passes for Seg.1, 3 & 4 limited entry are available at the new boater pass website, recreation.gov. Search “Lower Deschutes River Boater Pass” or click here. Limited entry dates vary by segment. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They are released at 50%, 30% and 20%. Check the website for actual release dates.
Can I purchase a pass at your shop?
What information do I need before I purchase a pass?
How much does a boater pass cost?
Where is Maupin, Oregon?
- Merge onto I-84 E toward The Dalles.
- Take the US-197 exit, EXIT 87, toward Dufur/Bend.
- Turn right onto US-197 South.
- After 1/4 mile at stop sign follow US-197 South to the left.
- Head 38 miles to Maupin on US-197 south.
- Once in town, cross the bridge over the Deschutes River
- Take a left turn, and we are the big barn with a giant red roof on your right.
- Merge onto US-97 N toward Redmond.
- After 42 miles turn right onto US-97 N.
- After 25 miles stay straight to go onto US-197 N. To Maupin. Continue to follow US-197 N.
- After 20 miles you will stay right on Bakeoven Rd. Do not cross the bridge.
- We are the big barn with a giant red roof on your right.
What transportation options are available?
Avoid the hassle of fighting traffic, finding a place to park, and putting up with driving back and forth from raft put-in to take-out sites on the Deschutes. Simply park your car at River Trails Deschutes and we will transport you by bus or van to the river at Harpham Flat and pick you up at Sandy Beach. This is a great convenience for any size group. Cost is $35 per boat load round trip. Please add this request with your reservation.
If you prefer to have your car shuttled and waiting for you at Sandy Beach, or other locations Warm Springs to Heritage Landing, contact one of the companies listed below. Or we can offer shuttle services as a part of your trip.
Henry’s Shuttle Service
Affordable Deschutes Shuttle
Deschutes River Shuttles
I keep hearing about bringing a Porta-Potty… what are the requirements?
You can clean the buckets at Maupin City Park. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has installed a scat machine that takes only the 5 gallon bucket system. Cost to clean your bucket is $1.00. It is recommended that you run it through the scat machine twice for a complete sanitation.
Bagged toilet systems are not allowed on the Deschutes, so if you have a Porta-Potty already, make sure it is approved for use on this river. We know this was waaay more than you wanted to know, but forewarned is forearmed.
Do I need to sign a waiver?
Yes, you can download the River Trails Liability Waiver Here
All parties must print, sign and bring with you for your trip.
Camping / Overnight
Where should I camp in Maupin, Oregon?
Maupin City Park
Reservations are required to insure a spot on a busy weekend! They are located along the banks of the Deschutes, right across the street from our shop.
A private campground located just where the river access road takes off for Harpham Flat. Reservations are recommended there as well. Both of these campgrounds do have curfews for quiet time making them a good choice for families and folks who like a little more peace and quiet while camping
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also has several designated campsites along the Deschutes near Maupin. They are a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). Fee boxes are installed for a self-pay system. Download this chart for more details.
It is recommended that you get there early if you want a campsite on a busy weekend (mid-July to the end of August).
Where should I camp if there is a large group?
Where should I camp for the Deschutes Rapids & Camp – Outfitted Aventure?
If you would like to camp at Trout Creek:
Maupin to Trout Creek
Go south on Hwy 197 -23 miles to the junction with Hwy 97. Continue south on Hwy 97 to milepost 87. Turn right onto Qualle Road. Take a right onto the gravel road at the power substation. Stay on the gravel road until you come to a stop sign at the pavement. Turn right and go across the railroad tracks. Turn right again just after the RR tracks onto Clemens Dr. (a gravel road). Follow it approx. 3 miles to the Trout Creek Campground.
Mt. Hood Hwy 26 to Trout Creek
Go east on Hwy 26 over Mt. Hood to the town of Warm Springs. Stay on Hwy 26 past Warm Springs about 6 miles. Turn left onto Columbia Street. Stay on Columbia until you hit Juniper Lane. Turn right on Juniper Lane, approx.
4 miles to Gateway. Turn left just before the RR tracks onto Clemens Drive (a gravel road). Follow it approx. 3 miles to the Trout Creek Campground.
You can also go to the Bureau of Land Management website, now recreation.gov – to check on campsites on this upriver stretch. Remember, even if there is an outdoor bathroom at your campsite, you must still bring and set up a Porta-Potty because outdoor bathrooms on this stretch of river are changing and are not a sure thing even when listed.
Where should I camp for Deschutes to Columbia – Outfitted Adventure?
Sherar’s Falls to the mouth of the Deschutes
The Bureau of Land Management website is a good source for campsites along this stretch of the Deschutes (segments 3 and 4). Go to recreation.gov for a chart of facilities at each location.
It’s time to start planning
We would love to answer any questions you have about River Trails, the Deschutes, or how to prepare for your upcoming trip.