Paddle boarding offers the thrill of surf kayaking and rafting in one!

Stand up paddle boarding on the Deschutes River

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the U.S. Whitewater SUPing combines the thrill of surf kayaking and rafting into one activity. It’s no surprise that we think whitewater SUPing is by far the most exciting way to enjoy Pacific Northwest rivers.

Traveling down a river on a SUP is a challenging and enriching experience. Register for a three-day SUPing trip with River Drifters and learn SUP paddling techniques, whitewater safety, eddy turns, and wave surfing. You’ll receive professional instruction while exploring 50 miles of the scenic Lower Deschutes River in Oregon. Your guides will set up camp, cook all meals and pamper you along the way.

On the first day, we will meet at 9am at our office in Maupin, Oregon. This is also the ending location for the trip, so plan to park your car here for the duration of the trip. While at the office, we’ll provide a brief trip orientation and you’ll pack your personal gear into dry bags. Then we will load up the van and ride to the launch site.

At the launch site, we will cover river safety and paddling techniques. Our transition to the water will allow adequate time to practice eddy turns, paddling, and even try surfing river waves. After lunch, we will navigate a variety of fun whitewater, where you can practice your new SUP skills. Once at our evening campsite, you can relax, eat healthy food and enjoy your favorite beverage while taking in the amazing river scenery.

On Day 2, after coffee and a scrumptious breakfast, we will head out onto the river for nearly 20 miles of endless opportunities to practice your SUP skills. As we travel into roadless areas of the river canyon, we will likely have the company of big-horned sheep, jumping trout and soaring ospreys.

We’ll enjoy a riverside lunch and review the morning highlights before spending the afternoon paddling fun and adventurous rapids. Once we reach camp, you can rest at camp, eat a healthy meal, and enjoy a final, quiet night sleeping along the river. There will be plenty of time to relax or even try your luck fishing.

The third and final day will start out with a delicious breakfast and more rapids that will allow you to put your whitewater SUP skills to the test! The grand finale of this trip is the final eight miles of this action-packed river run, which features many consecutive rapids.

Lunch will be served en route to the take out where your cars will be waiting for you as we wrap up our trip by 4 pm. This will truly be an experience that you will be sharing with others for some time to come!

A Deschutes River multi-day SUP trip is perfect for the more adventurous person who is looking for both challenge and reward. Stand-up paddle boarding is an accessible sport and can be easy to learn; but when combined with whitewater, it becomes a whole new challenge. We ask that you are relatively physically fit and at least the age of 16 to participate. Essential Eligibility Criteria for participation

For this all-inclusive trip. River Drifters provides all SUPs, paddles, helmets, PFDs, wetsuits, camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, and pads), dry bags for your gear, food, shuttles, and permits. If you would like to purchase any additional gear needed for your trip or would like further tips please visit NRS.

Additional items you might consider bringing include:

Knee and elbow pads, waterproof cameras, rash guard, and water shoes.

Deschutes River SUP Trips Available …
Stand-up paddle boarding on the Deschutes

Deschutes River Full-Day SUP

Season: May - October
Duration: One Day
Length: 6 hours (mileage varies depending on skill)
Price: $250
Rapids: I-III
Skill Level: Physically fit, swimming proficient
Age Minimum: 16

Customized trips: call for booking info. 6 person minimum.

Deschutes River 3-Day SUP

Season: May - October
Duration: Three Days
Length: 50+ miles
Price: $750
Rapids: I-III
Skill Level: Physically fit, swimming proficient
Age Minimum: 16

Customized trips: call for booking info. 8 person minimum.

Are you ready for your Pacific Northwest rafting adventure with River Drifters?