Exploring the Deschutes Basin

Things have been heating up in Bend and the summer tourist season seems to be in full swing.  Last weekend, I decided to head up to Wickiup Reservoir to get away from the crowds and cool down with a swim...
If you’re like me, the transition to summer over the past month has been a welcome one!  In Oregon, summer not only means longer, warmer days but also less wet stuff falling from the sky.  Oddly though, summer also brings...
Even though the Willamette River Basin is extremely similar to the Deschutes River Basin in terms of size and geographic location, it has a much wetter climate.  The differences in vegetation are pretty obvious even from satellite imagery! By Jake...
By Jake Sahl Contributing Writer for the Deschutes River Conservancy This past weekend, I took a visit to Smith Rock State Park to do some rock climbing with a friend. As we walked and climbed around, talking about the different...
By Jake Sahl Contributing Writer for the Deschutes River Conservancy When I finally got my head above water, I found myself in the quiet cave formed by our overturned raft. The world under here seemed calm, the roar of the...