Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a couch potato, whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River is one adventure that belongs on your bucket list for any Bend summer vacation. There’s nothing better on a hot day than a wild ride down the river!
Since 1978, Sun Country Tours has been running whitewater rafting excursions in Central Oregon. They offer four thrilling whitewater rafting excursions on three exceptionally beautiful rivers. Sun Country Tours’ most popular trip, the Big Eddy Thriller, is a fun rafting adventure designed for the entire family – young kids don’t even have to paddle! You’ll splash through class I and III rapids and also have plenty of time on flatwater to catch your breath. To put it in perspective, class VI rapids are considered hazardous for even expert paddlers.
When you book a whitewater raft trip with Sun Country Tours, they take care of everything. You get all your gear, an experienced guide,and life vests. The two hour rafting trip from Bend is the perfect adventure to fit into your jam-packed vacation itinerary. Looking to multi-task and get a taste of the Bend Ale Trail while you’re at it? Try the Raft n’ Brew trip for rafters 21 and older every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer. You’ll splash through the Big Eddy rapids and then toast your adventure back at Sun Country headquarters with a variety of local craft beer.
For a full day of rafting excitement, Ouzel Outfitters and Sun Country Tours offer trips on the lower Deschutes River near the rafting town of Maupin. Big, splashy class III rapids like Boxcar and Oak Springs deliver a thrilling experience. Photographers will capture your mile-wide smiles as you shoot the rapids.
For a slightly easier trip, the McKenzie River in the Cascade Mountains east of Sisters offers fast and active, but relatively easy class II rafting. Transportation from Bend, delicious lunches, professional guides, and equipment provide you and your family with a fun-filled day.
When one day just isn’t enough, enjoy an overnight rafting and camping experience on the Lower Deschutes River or the North Umpqua River (near Crater Lake National Park). Two days of shooting the rapids and a night along the river under the stars makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Ouzel Outfitters offers fully-outfitted multi-day trips providing all of your camping gear plus gourmet meals served on full-sized banquet tables.