Whychus Creek is a local favorite for its unique springs, scenic views, and recreational opportunities. It flows from high in the Cascade Mountains through the City of Sisters on its way to the Deschutes River.
For almost 100 years, twenty miles of Whychus Creek ran dry during the summer irrigation season. With no water, Whychus Creek's formerly healthy steelhead and redband trout populations dwindled to low levels.
Whychus Creek is now on its way to recovery due to the cooperative efforts of the DRC, the Deschutes Basin Land Trust, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, and many other stakeholders. The DRC and its partners have restored riparian habitat and protected 25 cfs of streamflow in Whychus Creek, meeting the States' minimum instream flow target for the upper Whychus reach.