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Segment 2- Harpham Flat to Sandy Beach

This segment is our most popular 1-day float on the Deschutes River. It's an "unlimited section," meaning passes are always available. Get your passes at www.recreation.gov. (There are no longer boater pass vendors.) Bring your pass with you or have it on your smart phone.


Segments 1, 3 & 4

These sections are under the "limited entry" system. Passes for Seg.1, 3 & 4 limited entry are available at the new boater pass website, www.recreation.gov under "Lower Deschutes River Boater Pass. Limited entry dates vary by segment. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They are released at 50%, 30% and 20%. Check the website for actual release dates.


No Book Passes are available, so all boaters will be required to use the www.recreation.gov website to obtain passes. All passes must be purchased through www.recreation.gov in advance of your trip.

At the Boater Pass website, you will need a driver's license for the group and a credit card. You need to know your put-in site, your take-out site, and how many people in your party. One pass will cover up to 16 people on Segments 1, 3 & 4, and 24 people on Segment 2.

Passes cost $2.00 per person for weekdays and $8.00 per person for weekends beginning the Saturday before Memorial Day, and ending the Sunday before Labor Day. Your Boater Pass can be printed out and you're ready to go! There is no time limit on passes, so you can purchase it at any time prior to the trip!
 

Porta-Potty Requirement

This regulation requires all overnight rafters to carry an approved porta-potty system. If you don't have an approved one, we can include this in our rental equipment (a 5 gallon bucket w/gamma seal) at no additional charge. However, if it is necessary to use it, it becomes yours for a cost of $20.00.

You can clean the buckets at Maupin City Park. The BLM has installed a scat machine that takes only the 5 gallon bucket system. Cost to clean your bucket is $1.00. It is recommended that you run it through the scat machine twice for a complete sanitation.

Bagged toilet systems are not allowed on the Deschutes, so if you have a porta-potty already, make sure it is approved for use on this river. We know this was waaay more than you wanted to know, but forewarned is forearmed.

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