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June 16th 2023-June 18th 2023


For this unique kayaking opportunity Gradient River Essentials will be partnering with Oregon River Experiences. An outfitted overnight kayaking trip down one of Oregon's prettiest canyons. 45 miles of excellent whitewater to hoan skills and development. Rapids are safe enough for beginners and thrilling enough for the experienced! Focus your energy on the kayaking skill development as the raft guides carry your gear and cook delicious meals for our trip.

Oregon River Experiences is proud to offer this unique, 45 mile expedition in partnership with Gradient River Essentials, an  outfitter based on the Rogue who has been leading kayak trips for over 40 years and is some of the best instructors around.

About Gradient River Essentials:

FROM LEE BAKER: I am a proud instructor with the American Canoe Association. I'm passionate about where I live in the northwest and enjoy all disciplines of whitewater river travel and recreation. Teaching people to enjoy rivers safely and confidently is a life passion of mine. Our river community in Oregon is one of the best anywhere. If you are new to whitewater, I invite you to experience it! 

At Gradient River Essentials LLC I keep up with the latest training techniques and methodologies and will always bring my very best to my clients. 

Deschutes river

3 Days of kayak clinic 

This 3 day trip down the Wild & Scenic Deschutes will give you the opportunity to work on skills with professional instruction there to support you in your goals.  With O.R.E. providing raft support throughout the trip your afforded the chance to focus in on those surfing abilities without having to worry about getting a camp.

Eddy hop down the river, catch a wave the choices are endless for the enjoyable days on the river.  With a smaller group size participants get time with instructors and get to enjoy the end of the day sitting by river watching the sunset over the high dessert canyons.

Prerequisites: Some class II+/III experience and working on developing a kayak roll.  The course is designed for kayakers with some experience and intermediate skills. This is the perfect opportunity to receive individual instruction and paddle Class III rapids on a multiday trip with instructors and raft support by your side.

Cost:  $995-Harshell Kayakers (all meals, group camping gear, shuttle, kayak instruction, raft support).

Contact O.R.E. if you have people in your party who wish to join, but want to just ride along on a raft.

Person holding paddle in air on salmon river.

Trip Highlights

  • Often sunny & warm even when western Oregon is cloudy.
  • Good swimming (though water is cool).
  • High volume river, which means large waves even in summer.
  • Desert scenery.
  • Two hours east of Portland.
  • Crowded on summer weekends.

Trip Summary

  • Near: Maupin
  • Trip Length: Half & full day; 3 day Upper Section
  • Meeting Times: 9:30 & 10 AM, 1 PM; 7:30 AM
  • Season: April - October
  • Trip type: paddle rafting (oar raft by request)
  • Whitewater Rating: III (intermediate)
  • Suggested minimum age: 7

Half & Full Day (pdf)

Deschutes River 3 day (pdf)

Deschutes 3 day kayak support