The scenic beauty of the basalt canyons are enhanced by the vibrant green lichen in the early spring and the lush green grasses on the hillsides. By July, the grasses will be a distant memory. The solitude of spring is also a primary reason to choose a river trip prior to the end of June, or before school is out across the Northwest.
Another reason to select a May overnight river trip date on the Deschutes is the ability to build campfires (contained by a firepan) and meals cooked by your guides out of Dutch Ovens. Dutch oven meals can make or break a river trip, and our guides excel in the art of cast iron cooking. On June 1st, a river wide fire ban goes into effect.
A family river rafting trip on the Deschutes River is an excellent choice any time of the year; however, if you have the luxury of opting for a spring time date, you will be pleasantly surprised at all of the pluses - enhanced white water, fine weather, fewer people, verdant landscape accompanying the basalt cliffs, a warming campfire each night and delectable baked meals from Dutch Ovens.