The Cascade Mountains. Smith Rock. The Deschutes River. For lovers of the great outdoors, Central Oregon is a year-round recreational paradise.
Each year, thousands of rafters thrill to the rapid-riddled Deschutes, which begins high in the Cascades and winds its way hundreds of miles through pine forests, then rimrock canyons, to its terminus at the Columbia. The Deschutes is also renowned for its rainbow trout and steelhead fisheries. Anglers also prize the spring-fed Metolius River, the Crooked River, and the oversized fish of the Cascade Lakes southwest of Bend. Each river and lake has unique characteristics. Let an OGPA guide or outfitter hook you up with the experience you're seeking.
The outdoor fun doesn't stop with the arrival of winter. The Cascades offer countless trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Some rivers remain open for winter fishing. And rock climbers visit Smith Rock year-round to sample over 1,300 climbs. If you've never climbed before, our outfitters can get you up and climbing in no time!