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Ranging from placid easy sections (Class I) to very difficult and dangerous for experts only(Class V), the Deschutes River Paddle Trail covers 26 miles of the Little Deschutes River from LaPine to the Deschutes River junction near Sunriver plus 95 miles of the Deschutes River from the Wickiup Reservoir in the south to Lower Bridge in the north. (The last take-out before leaving Deschutes County.) As a source of irrigation water for Central Oregon, the Deschutes River flows are seasonal. Usually, between April and October, the sections south of the north end of Bend can be paddled, while those north of Bend can be paddled between October and April. The Little Deschutes River is also affected, with impoundments upstream at Crescent Reservoir resulting in minimal winter flows.

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