Fall River Falls
The Fall River in La Pine State Park is a year-round, well-stocked spring fed stream with gin clear water. The stream is fly fishing only with barbless hooks. Abundant hatches of small (#18 & less) Blue Winged Olive and Pale Morning Dun make these small mayflies the going choice. When surface action is lacking, small (#16 and less) Pheasant Tail or Hares ear nymphs are productive. Fish a dry dropper to cover the bases. This section includes the Fall River Falls which is just a short hike downstream. Fish in the Fall are tippet sensitive so use 6X or below.
About 30 minutes south of Bend, Oregon, the La Pine State Park trails meander along the banks of the Deschutes and Fall Rivers for approximately 11 miles with many MTB loop options which can shorten or extend your ride. The terrain is mostly level with no real climbs or technical challenges making this a great ride for families or novice mountain bikers who want to get out on the trails — but don’t have a lot of experience.
The trails are well-signed and maintained with markers at each junction and are multi-use so you’ll likely encounter horses, hikers, other mountain bikers, or a group of Llamas (one of the weirdest things I’ve ever come across on Bend Trails).
Mostly single track, with a few old double track sections, these trails are typical Central Oregon sand, so they’ll be very soft and loose in the summer months.
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