Located just over five miles west of Bend, this popular day use area sits along the the Deschutes River. This site offers hiking access to the Deschutes River Trail and several areas for picnicking next to the river. There are toilets and picnic tables at this site. Dogs must be on leash at all trailheads throughout the year and on the Deschutes River Trail from May 15-September 15.
WARNING!: Although the river looks placid at this location, the stretch of the Deschutes River between Meadow Camp and Bend is some of the most challenging water on the river. The canyon narrows and rises, preventing any chance for a portgage, and fills with technical Class IV and V rapids.
Fishing: The Deschutes River at Meadow Camp offers an opportunity for an excellent summertime late afternoon to early evening fishing just minutes from Downtown Bend. This is a day use area with picnic tables and trail access to the Deschutes River Trail. Just seconds from your parking spot there are broad runs and deep pools that hold Red Band and Brown trout. The area is often fished by folks with spinning gear. Fish are used to swimming dogs and kids, so they do not spook easily. Hatches of BWO and PMD allow midday action. Caddis adult and pupa imitations can be hot in the evening when the bigger fish come out to feed.
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