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Old 01-10-2017   #1
 
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Deschutes River kayaking in May

For my brother's bachelor party i was planning on taking him white water kayaking on the Deschutes river because we haven't been in a while. We went a few years back in July and it was delightful. Although he's getting married on June 4, so we have to go at the end of May. I know the water levels won't be too high because it's fueled by a spring and not snow from the mountains, but what I'm afraid of is water temperature. Since we're kayaking then we are gonna get wet, so what is the water temperature like at the end of May?

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The deschutes is a pretty big river, what section you talking about, water temps above Bend will be much different than below Pelton Round Butte complex
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The deschutes is a pretty big river, what section you talking about, water temps above Bend will be much different than below Pelton Round Butte complex
The Mapin area, with oak springs and boxcar
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The water temps in May are typically in the mid 50s. At the very least you are going to want to be in wetsuits in May, dry gear would be more comfortable. Also note that the right line at Oaks Springs has been a little more brutal than in years past. Who knows what it will be like this season, but commercial companies stopped running it and now run to the far left.
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The water temps in May are typically in the mid 50s. At the very least you are going to want to be in wetsuits in May, dry gear would be more comfortable. Also note that the right line at Oaks Springs has been a little more brutal than in years past. Who knows what it will be like this season, but commercial companies stopped running it and now run to the far left.
Good to know, they the far left and right seem pretty brutal in a kayak last time we just thread the needle and went right between that middle island and the giant hole on the right
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Hopefully the links to the temperature graphs work.
Temps in the lower deschutes have been different the last few years due to temperature control management from the big temperature tower in Lake Billy Chinook.

Deschutes near Madras USGS gage temperature data (deg C) from May 2016
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/dv?c...ate=2016-05-31

average daily water temps about 12 to 13.5 deg C (54 to 56 deg F)

Deschutes near Moody (near the mouth) USGS gage temperature data (deg C) from May 2016
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/dv?c...ate=2016-05-31

average daily water temps about 14 to 17 deg C (57 to 63 deg F)
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The wood craved lake and river Map in area, with oak springs and boxcar
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Does anyone know of a Poudre River map that lists all the rapids and local names etc?
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The Poudre River is about 1000 miles from the Deschutes River discussed in this thread
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Here you go, hope this helps.
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