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Kayak Trip: Upper Deschutes La Pine State Park to Big River

August 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Got questions about the Deschutes? What better way to learn about the river than to paddle it with a pro?

Join the Coalition for the Deschutes and Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe (TCKC) for a water-based exploration of the Upper Deschutes. TCKC will provide transportation, guides, and all the gear. Local water expert, Kyle Gorman, will edify and entertain you with stories about how the Deschutes River works and is managed.

Kyle is Region Manager for the South Central Region, which includes the Deschutes, Klamath and Lake Basins, for Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD). Kyle has BS in Geology from the University of Oregon. He worked as a geologist in Nevada before coming to Bend in 1990 to work for OWRD.

Kyle says, “I didn’t know that I was going to be in Water management but while working for Bob Main [Kyle's predecessor], I realized this was a really important, challenging but rewarding job and that you will never be bored or run out of things to do or address. And most of all that there is much work to be done in restoring streams in the Basin back to a more natural and improved state.”

The Trip Details

La Pine State Park to Big River Campground: This trip is appropriate for all skill levels, including beginners; there are no sections of the river that require technical paddling skills, and moving flatwater will help your boat along.

Meet at 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend OR 97702

TCKC will provide:

  • kayaks
  • paddles
  • PFDs
  • transportation
  • guides
  • basic instruction
  • liability insurance

You provide:

  • sneakers, river shoes, or wetsuit booties
  • sunglasses with Croakies or Chums
  • sunscreen and lip balm
  • sun hat, rain hat or fleece hat
  • synthetic top and bottom (e.g. thermal underwear)
  • raincoat and rain pants
  • swimsuit (optional)
  • water bottle
  • towel and change of clothes
  • snacks
  • lunch

Please note that a minimum group size of six people is required in order for the trip to take place. TCKC reserves to right to cancel, postpone or reschedule the trip due to circumstances that include but are not limited to: low enrollment, weather (e.g., thunderstorms/lightning), natural disasters (e.g., forest fires) and events or circumstances beyond TCKC’s control.


Coalition for the Deschutes

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

805 Southwest Industrial Way
Bend, Oregon 97702 United States
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