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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-08-2016, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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need a boat/raft/pontoon on Deschutes?

Plan to be fishing down from Maupin in Sept. Someone mentioned getting a boat permit. Do I need some type of water craft to fish there? Actually what I have are an 11 foot Sea Eagle raft, and a 9' one man pontoon.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-08-2016, 08:48 AM
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If you're adept with either craft, you should be fine.
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Do you need one, no, the entire lower river from just above Maupin down to Macks Canyon is fishable from the road side. A watercraft just opens up the other side of the river, which gets less pressure because there are less boaters than car anglers. I think the suggestion to get your boaters pass early was in case you were thinking of floating Macks Canyon to the mouth, where most of the angling pressure is, and boaters passes are hard to come by in September.
Oh, and that 9 foot pontoon would be fine. The water from Sherars Falls to Macks Canyon is pretty mellow, with just a few minor rapids.
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Maybe you know this already, but there are some serious rapids on the Deschutes. Do your research beforehand to know what you will find in the section you plan to fish.

Like the others have said, you do not need a boat to fish the river. There is plenty of roadside access.
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To be clear: do you need a boat? no. But it can get you places.
do you need a permit (boaterpass) IF you use a boat? YES.
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I have Dave Hughes Deschtes book. I'm not looking to run whitewater - been there done that when my arms, shoulders, and back were decades younger and stronger. Not that the urge isn't still as strong. Won't go any further on urges and aging.
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I didn't see any mention on this yet but my understanding, in case either of these are an issue, is that (a) there is no fishing allowed from boats/watercraft on the lower Deschutes, and (b) there are alternate periods on/off (my memory is saying these are like 7 or 8 days) where NO boats are allowed. Someone here can tell us if this is just for motorized boats, which I would guess is the case. Sorry for the lack of hard info - this was just to tweak the points. Guess it would suck if you planned a trip for certain days and ran afoul of one of the unusual local regulations.
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Get the map(s) for the area you want to run: Lower Deschutes River Management Area Boater Pass System

Maps, like the old one for the Rogue River are excellent.



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Thanks for the maps!! and advice. Dave
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Exclamation Bring pleanty of water with you!

Most of the camp grounds you see on the map(s) don't have water!




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Most of the camp grounds you see on the map(s) don't have water!
Don't have POTABLE water. All the sites have water - it's called a river!

I've boiled, used water purifiers, and/or used a drop or two of bleach for decades! I'm still here.

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