Deschutes River (OR) - August 13-16, 2015 - Warm Springs to Maupin - 46 Miles

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Trip Itinerary:
Day 	Camp 			Bank 	River Mile 
Put-in	Warm Springs 		Right	97.8
1	Whiskey Dick		Right	77.8
2,3	Buckskin Mary		Right	63.8
Takeout	Maupin Park		Right	51.8	

Map overview from Lower Deschutes River Management Area Boater Pass System


View of Mt. Hood from inside Jim's truck on the way to Madras


Next morning at the Econo-Lodge in Madras. Still some haze from the US 26 fires that erupted yesterday and forced us to go thru Maupin first


A lot less crowded than feared at the Warm Springs boat ramp. The sheriff did check our boater access and AIS permits


11:13am launch from Warm Springs


US 26 bridge just after launch. We would have crossed that bridge last night on the way to Madras, if we had not been rerouted due to wildfires


Flat water scenery with Jim and Sherry


Brief stop on island beach to attach some straps to the middle cargo module that I forgot at the putin. Good thing I brought spare straps!


Sheriff's jet boat buzzes by


Not sure why I took this one...


High plateau


Zoomed in on previous


Finally, a rapid (a small one)


Covering ground swiftly even in the flatwater


Lunch stop in the shade. Well into 90's today


Ranger takes raft out at Trout Creek ramp


Trout Creek bridge


Fighting headwinds and taking scenery pictures


Trains storm by a few times a day


Looking at potential camps


Looking up Warm Springs River. Only adds another 200 CFS to Deschutes flow


Actual markers don't quite match guide: RM "80.5 Wingdam: Three campsites, medium group, toilet, limited shade"


View from Whiskey Dick campsite to composting outhouse


Shaded tent area


Secluded boat eddy


Shaded kitchen area. Winds made cooking a bit difficult


Almost ready to launch at 12:14pm


Above Whitehorse rapid


Below first section


Next section doesn't look like much


Below Whitehorse rapid. Rated as class III+, but easy at this level


Tall Basalt cliffs


Approaching North Junction 1:31pm. Below bridge was nice shaded campsite, but even with the winds, we decided it was too early to stop today


Floater log in the distance


Large floater log. Luckily it grounded out on shallow channel


Narrowest spot so far on this section of the Deschutes. Giant rock island


Looking back at riverside apparently deserted ranch


Wide open again


More basalt scenery


Dant Ferry


Looking upstream to Dant Ferry


Approaching Buckskin Mary rapids. I can hear them!


Buckskin Mary rapids


Buckskin Mary rapids #2


Moved into the shade for the layover day


Four Chutes rapid from Buckskin Mary camp


As noted earlier, in lieu of baking on the beach, we moved under the tree shade


Layover day at Buckskin Mary. Reading, relaxing, short hike, whatever


Wandering down thru the next series of camps


Second of the Four Chutes


Doesn't quite match the guide: "RM 63.5 Four Chutes: Two campsites, large groups, toilet, no shade"


Early 10:30am launch today hoping to get back to Seattle earlier


The action starts right out with Four Chutes rapids. Des Chutes is French for The Falls


Pleasant trip so far. No real winds today


Lots of company on Segment 2


Harpham Flats - the popular day trip putin


Below Wapinitia rapid. Fun waves


Commercial guide backloads raft to entertain the peeps


Bridge in the distance. The trip is near it's end


Maupin homes with a view


Takeout just past US 197 bridge


2:21pm at Maupin City Park. Derig done and heading home


USGS Flow at Madras 08/13/2015 12:00 PDT 3,930 CFS 2.81'


USGS Flow at Moody 08/13/2015 12:00 PDT 4,260 CFS 2.64'


In case you were wondering who did the vehicle shuttle for us:
Affordable Deschutes Shuttle  Maupin, OR 541-395-2809


    Credits:
  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)

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