A Deschutes trip is the best overnight family rafting trip in the Pacific Northwest. An overnight rafting trip on the Deschutes River offers rapids, fishing opportunities, family fun and adventure, hiking, swimming, and more. The Deschutes River flows north toward the Columbia River from Warm Springs, Oregon to Heritage Landing State Park --- almost 100 miles of free flowing water.

A Deschutes River Rafting adventure is an ideal multi-day rafting trip for every member of the family. Whitewater river rafting is always in-season on the Deschutes River because of several upriver dams and the unique, porous nature of the surrounding bedrock. However, the best time to take a trip on the Deschutes River is sometime between the beginning of April and the end of September. Orion offers overnight rafting trips on the Deschutes River from 2 days to 5 days.

An overnight river rafting trip with Orion Expeditions includes all meals from lunch on the very first day through lunch on the last day, professional guides, camping gear (with the exception of sleeping bags), a courtesy shuttle arranged at the river, and all necessary river gear. When you are not challenging the whitewater rapids in a paddle raft or inflatable kayak on a Deschutes River Rafting trip, you can hike, fish, swim, float the rapids in your lifejacket, or just relax in camp --- sipping your favorite beverage, contemplating the high desert scenery while reading a book.

Specialty river trips available upon request. The Deschutes is perfect for bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, wine tasting, youth groups and meditative retreats. Groups of 8 or more.


Minimum: 8 people    Maximum: 13 people


Day before (or morning of) day one:

Arrive at BLM Mecca Flat Campground outside Warm Springs, Oregon.

9AM    Rendezvous with Guides.  Receive River Bags for overnight items - clothes, sleeping bags, toiletries, miscellaneous items.

10AM    Launch from Mecca Flat CG.  Paddle downstream.

12PM    Lunch stop Trout Creek Campground.

4PM    Whitehorse Rapids.

5PM    Arrive at Lower Whitehorse Campground.

7PM    Appetizers, Dinner, and Dessert.

Possible activities:  Short hike to caves or flag atop promontory, swimming, fishing, star-gazing.

Evening    Retire to Tents.

Day Two

7AM    Coffee, Juice and Breakfast.

8AM    Launch from Lower Whitehorse Campground.

11AM    Stop to swim Buckskin Mary Rapid.

12PM    Lunch stop at Buckskin Mary Campground.

2PM    Wapinitia Rapids and Boxcar Rapids.

4PM    Reach Takeout at Maupin City Park, Maupin, Oregon.


ORION operates under permits authorized by Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Wenatchee National Forests, North Cascades National Park, the Bureau of Land Management and various regional/ State Game Departments. Orion Expeditions is an Equal Opportunity recreation provider and employer under Special Use Permit from the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.