Tour length: approximately 2 hours, allow 2 ½ hrs. total. The hours listed include check-in, instruction, tour and check out. (Tours may be canceled in the event of inclement weather.)
Minimum age: Children 6 – 11 may ride with an adult in a tandem kayak, 12 - 17 may ride in a single/all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Upper Deschutes Day-Use at the boat launch – west side of the park, past the Deschutes Campground
Description: Explore the park in a different light and celebrate the first day of fall. The 800-foot basalt cliffs rimming the Deschutes River arm of Lake Billy Chinook create a stunning backdrop for our guided kayak tour. Paddle with our interpretive staff and learn about local geology, area history and the plants and animals of the High Desert. Allow up to 3 hours for the tour, including pre-launch gear setup and post-launch check in. Bring your own snacks, drinking water, hat, footwear that can get wet, sunscreen, sunglasses and camera. Kayaks, paddles and PFDs provided. You may use your own personal flotation device if you prefer, as long as it’s a Coast Guard approved type 3 or type 2 personal flotation device in good condition (no fading, rips, tears, obvious damage).
This park requires a day-use parking permit, which may be purchased at the park for $5. (FREE if you camp with us.) You also may purchase a 12-month or 24-month parking permit from the online Park Store.
How to Dress – Lake Billy Chinook water can be quite cold, especially in April and October. You don’t need to buy special clothing to paddle but a little planning will keep you a lot more comfortable. What to wear kayaking is important. Layered clothing is suggested. Several thin garments will keep you just as warm as a single thicker one, and are much more versatile. Remember you’ll need to think about staying cool as much as staying warm, and you can always add or subtract layers. Avoid thick cotton, denim, heavy boots and clothing that restricts your movement. Expect to get at least a little wet. It is smart to bring extra clothing, shoes and a towel – just in case.
Need to cancel?: You may cancel your event registration online BEFORE 12 p.m. (noon) the day before the event and be issued a full refund. No refunds are issued for registrations canceled AFTER 12 p.m. the day before the event and for no-shows. If the park cancels an event, we will send you an email and issue a full refund.