Deschutes River
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A river runs through Maupin

Photos and Article by Greg Johnson, travel writer

The Deschutes River winds through the center of the small town of Maupin, drawing tourists and rafters during the summer and fishermen year round.

Rafters and kayakers paddle through class three and four rapids with names like Wapinitia, Boxcar, Devil’s Hole, Oaks Springs and Surf City. Fisherpersons cast a line for resident Redside trout and steelhead.

Visit during the off season and you’ll enjoy the river sounds and views in almost total solitude.

Maupin, located about two hours from Portland, is a town of approximately 500 residents, many of whom work in the local tourism industry serving visiting rafters, fishermen and recreationists. In addition to fishing and rafting, travelers can visit the historic Foreman’s House, which once served as a residence for foreman on the railroad running along the Deschutes River.

Hikers will enjoy the nearby 90-foot White River Falls located just east of Tygh Valley along Highway 216. A vigorous quarter-mile trail deep down in the canyon takes you to the historic hydroelectric power plant which once supplied electricity to Wasco and Sherman Counties.

The Deshutes River runs through the small tourist town of Maupin

Bicycling, bird watching and hiking along the beautiful Deschutes River trails are among the other activities to enjoy. Bicyclists can take advantage of the many miles of paved roads along the river and throughout the area and nearby Mount Hood.

Restaurants include the The Imperial River Company, Oasis Cafe and Rainbow Tavern.

For more information about Maupin recreational opportunities, visit the Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce’s website at