Guided Rafting Trips in Maupin, Oregon

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Maupin is located 100 miles east of Portland and 100 miles north of Bend in Oregon’s high desert. With a population of just more than 400, the city is tiny. Despite its size, though, Maupin is big in the world of rafting. The Deschutes River, known to whitewater enthusiasts worldwide, cuts through the center of town, where there are plenty of river guides to get you started on the adventure of a lifetime.

Maupin offers whitewater rafting.

Maupin offers whitewater rafting.

Imperial River Company

More than 80,000 people raft the Deschutes between April and October each year. Imperial River Company ( has been safely guiding many of those folks through famous class three rapids such as Boxcar and Wapinitia for more than a decade. Imperial offers two- and three-day multiday adventures, full- and half-day trips as well as a one hour, five-mile run nicknamed the “Frenzy Five.” Imperial also has its very own “on-ramp” for putting in and taking out, so you’ll spend more time on the water and less time waiting on the dock.

High Desert River Outfitters

Not only does High Desert River Outfitters ( ferry customers down the Deschutes, its guides specialize in trips to other Oregon rivers including the Rogue, McKenzie, North Santiam, Owyhee and Upper Klamath and the Klickitat in Washington state. Based in Maupin, High Desert offers multiday trips down the Deschutes year-round and, with more than 300 days of sunshine each year, there’s a good chance the weather will cooperate.

All Star Rafting and Kayaking

In addition to the Deschutes, All Star Rafting and Kayaking ( offers whitewater trips down Oregon and Washington rivers including the Clackamas, Grande Ronde, Wind and White Salmon. All Star specializes in large group excursions and offers beginner, intermediate and advanced trips between March and Octoberr. Unlike competitors who top out at three day trips, All Star offers five-day rafting adventures.

Sage Canyon River Company

Sage Canyon River Company ( offers more adventurous rafters 18-mile, full-day runs down class three and four rapids or more family-friendly 13-mile, half-day trips through class one and two waters from Maupin. Forty-mile overnight trips are also available. Sage River provides professional guides, high-tech equipment and gourmet meals to its customers. In addition to rafting, Sage Canyon also offers guided fishing trips down the lower Deschutes.


Michael Kerr is an award-winning freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon. He writes about business, health and travel for a number of publications including Portland Business Journal, Healthline Networks and USAToday, among others.


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