Visitor Info

Visitor Info

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Welcome to the Visitor Information Page

Maupin, Oregon has been a destination for Oregon residents and people from all over the world for years. The big attraction is the Deschutes River, sporting world-class trout and steelhead fishing and fantastic white-water rafting. Aside from the river there are plenty of reasons to come and visit Maupin. Located a quick car ride from Mt. Hood, the Fruit Loop, the Columbia River Gorge, Bend and Mt. Bachelor; Maupin is an ideal location to base your vacation or even your business and home. Use this page to help plan a visit to the Maupin area and learn about the recreational opportunities, businesses and the local community.


The Lower Deschutes River

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The lower Deschutes River sits at the bottom of a deep basalt canyon cut by the river itself. The surrounding area is a high, semi-arid desert dotted with juniper. Maupin, which is located in the rain shadow of Mt. Hood, receives only 12 inches of rain a year. Down in the canyon there are pockets of oaks and sumac. One particular location, called Cedar Island, is the only place on the lower Deschutes that has Cedar trees growing. Fauna in the canyon is just as varied including Osprey, migratory waterfowl, upland birds such as chukar, various song-birds, mule deer ,big horn sheep and elk to name a few. In the river itself there is a world renowned strain of rainbow trout, the Deschutes Redside, known for their bright coloration and exceptional strength. Also world famous are the Deschutes Steelhead who arrive in early summer and can be pursued into late fall. Aside from these famous game fish there are also Chinook salmon, whitefish, pacific lamprey and even the occasional bull trout. The river itself is worth a visit for its beautiful scenery and its rapids. The lower Deschutes has many well known rapids, such as boxcar or oaksprings, enjoyed by hundreds of rafters in the warm summer months.

Recreation on the Deschutes

Each year, thousands of people come to the lower Deschutes River (not all at the same time thankfully) seeking adventure, beautiful scenery and the rejuvenating peace of being away from the daily bustle. The Deschutes is most famous for a few particular types of recreation. White water rafting and Kayaking is a big deal on the Deschutes. Hundreds of people of all skill levels come to enjoy the excitement of the rapids and the scenery of the canyon in between runs. Also world famous on the Deschutes is fishing, particularly fly fishing for the Deschutes Redside trout and summer run Steelhead. On top of these well known recreational opportunities, the lower Deschutes and its surrounding area offer other fantastic types of recreation that until recently were known mostly to area residents. Opportunities include some more traditionally thought of activities such as upland bird and big game hunting.  However, the area also has superb opportunities for bird watching, hiking, geology and cycling.  Especially in recent years, cycling has been growing in the area. Aside from the many beautiful miles of paved road along the river there are hundreds of miles of road going over varied terrain and through different landscapes.  For the ultra-cyclists, Maupin is only 45 miles to Mt. Hood National Forest.  To find out more about these and other recreational opportunities please visit the Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce’s website @ http://www.maupinoregon.com .

Visitor Information Links

Maupin City Park - The webpage for Maupin's City Park located directly on the River. This page has information on reserving a tent or RV site at the park, park rules, park rental rates, events at City Park and a map of the park layout.

Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce - The local chamber of commerce! Has information on local lodging, restraunts, recreation opportunities and more.

Maupin Area Lodging - Chamber of Commerce information on area lodging. Come and stay awhile on the beautiful lower Deschutes River.

Mount Hood Information Center - The Mt Hood visitor information website. Has information on mountain and road conditions, points of interest, recreation opportunities, etc… Mt Hood national forest is a 45 minute drive from downtown Maupin!