Whitewater Rafting Clinic Camping Trip

  • Image shows a yellow raft on the left side of the image entering a rapid on the white waters of the Deschutes River. The raft is full of people wearing helmets and  PFD's and they are paddling the raft.
  • Image shows two people wearing drysuits, PFD's, and helmets. They are standing on the bottom of a flipped orange raft holding onto straps leaning over water to flip the raft back over. In the background, there is a view of a river surrounded by steep cliffs.
  • Image shows a person in a helmet and PFD sitting in an orange raft and smiling at the camera. Behind them are three other people also smiling at the camera and a rock wall.
  • Image shows a tall boulder on the right side of the image sticking out of a river. There is one person standing on top of the boulder and another person jumping off the boulder into the river. There is a bright orange raft in the foreground and hillsides with green shrubbery in the background.

The Deschutes River basin is a desert environment covered with grasses, spring wildflowers, sagebrush, and stout juniper trees. It is inhabited by golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, deer, and other Eastern Oregon wildlife.

On this intro clinic you will learn the technical skills of maneuvering a raft and a crew of paddlers down the river, how to read whitewater, river safety and rescue skills (including raft flipping and swimming). If you’ve ever wanted to be a raft guide, this is the place to start! This trip takes place on the Maupin section of the Deschutes River, at Wapinitia, Box Car, and Oak Springs rapids. You will be camping riverside for the duration of this clinic. Although everyone wears a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), you should know how to swim and be comfortable in the water. Read the detailed trip description to learn more.