While you really can't go wrong with any of the fabulous places to paddle in Central Oregon, those who PaddleBoard Dillon Falls rank it near the top of the list. A meandering stretch of the Deschutes River between Dillon Falls and Benham Falls, this section is a great place to Stand Up Paddle. Access is from the Dillon Falls Day Use Area with a concrete boatramp just upstream of the actual falls.
It is about a mile or so paddle on the river as it cuts through a lava flow and winds pasts wide open meadows with sweeping views of the Cascasdes. The current on the river in the area is very similar to the amount of current we have running through Bend, certainly easy enough for adult beginners and teens that already know how to paddle.
How to paddleboard Dillon Falls
Only a 15 mintue drive out the Cascade Lakes Highway and down US Forest Service Road 41, Dillon Falls is quick trip from Bend. River Otters, Beavers, Elk, Eagles, and Osprey are the locals on this part of the river. Make sure you display your Recreation Pass or check in at the parking kiosk.