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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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My brother and I are fishing the Deschutes for 3 days at the end of Sept. We fly in on a thurs night (land at 8pm) and after getting some groceries/cold beer, wont likely reach the camp spot until 1130 or so. I wondered if anyone would be kind enough to suggest a semi-easy, centrally located camping spot for us to set up at? Thanks in advance for any help. Cheers,Chris
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I would think you are heading for the town of Maupin. If so, there are many campgrounds up and down from town. They are primitive BLM sites, meaning outhouses and no running water. There is some 27 miles of road below town to explore and 10 or more upstream. Except for the area imediately surrounding Shearar's Falls, there is plenty of good water. This is also a popular time to be on the river. Don't be surprised to see cars parked before light and guide boats putting on in the dark to "reserve" their spots. By late Sept and through October, there will be plenty of competition and some who don't know or care about the "rules". I try and avoid the crowds the best I can, but each year it seems harder. When in doubt comunicate with your fellow anglers and remember, step in above and your fine!
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It may well be worth your time to head down to Max Canyon, below Shears Falls, several spots to camp, great water and less pressure. Regardless, it will be crowded until the open of Deer Season. It is worth the time to call John and or Amy Hazle (541) 395-0995 to see what they suggest.

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Go to the oregon camground site on the web and make some reservations. That is prime time up around Maupin. I made reservation about 2 months prior to my actually fishing dates,i.e., I made res in may for mid July weekend dates on lower river! You may want to look at some maps as well..I am sure there must be some fishing related map books/internet sites that show campgrounds as well.
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The first BLM campsite you come to downstream of Maupin is called Oasis(I Think) It is only one or two miles down from town. If you are arriving late, this might be a good option to quickly crash out. I would say if you have the stamina to stay awake a bit longer, head down below Shearar's Falls and camp at Twin Springs(just below Pine Tree put in) or Rattlesnake Canyon(just below Beavertail put in) These will put you in the middle of the best water. Watch where the cars are parked and you can usually bet that a good run is near. If you head all the way down to Macks's Canyon Campground, you have hit the end of the road and in my opinion, not the best camp. This is a popular time, but I have never had too much trouble finding somewhere to camp and have never made reservations. I thought the BLM camps are 1st come, 1st serve.
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Agree on Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake is right on some great water, small campground but really beautiful spot. You might also try Beavertail Campground. One of the few camps in that area that has water.

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awesome guys, thanks so much for the insight!!
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End of September....

....belows Shears Falls will still be your best bet. Drive down the access road past the Pine Tree boat launch. From here you will have campgrounds and good steelhead water dispersed on down to Mack's Canyon. You will have plenty of company in both the campgrounds and the steelhead water this time of year, but if you arrive on a Thursday you should be able to find a place to camp. The campgrounds in order from below Pine Tree are Twin Springs, Jones Canyon, Beavertail, Rattlesnake and Mack's Canyon. Beavertail and Macks are the the two largest sites and I believe each has a water spiggot, but I would plan on bringing your own drinking water to be safe. It's a good haul to Maupin or Tygh Valley from down there so try to show up as self sufficient as possible. No fires allowed until October 15 so bring a propane lantern for sitting around camp at night. And...errrr....bring the small hairwings and skaters....those Deschutes fish like 'em buggy.
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