Kayak Trip: Upper Deschutes La Pine State Park to Big River
August 15 @ 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.
When: Thursday, August 15, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
What: From the unique characteristics of the Deschutes watershed to the history of how Central Oregon was transformed by the Carey Act, local expert Kyle Gorman will edify and entertain you with stories about how the Deschutes River works and is managed. 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.
Where: Kayak from La Pine State Park to Big River Campground. Meet at Tumalo Creek Kayak and leave your car at the store. Shuttle service is included.
The Question Answerer: Kyle Gorman is Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) Region Manager for the South Central Region, which includes the Deschutes, Klamath, and Lake Basins. Kyle says, “While working for my predecessor, Bob Main, I realized this was a really important, challenging but rewarding job, and that I'd never get bored or run out of things to address. Most of all, there is much work to be done to restore the streams in the Basin to a more natural and improved state.” When he's not on the job, Kyle is an avid cyclocross racer.
Cost: $90. Includes all equipment, guides, insurance, and shuttle.
Click here to register. Pre-registration required.
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.
TCKC will provide:
- basic instruction
- liability insurance
- 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
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.