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Old 06-12-2015   #11
Portland, Oregon
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Lower Deschutes, you have 100 miles of river from Warm Springs to the Columbia River with constant reservoir controlled flow throughout the year that is very kid/family friendly.

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Old 06-12-2015   #12
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I have done the Rogue and Lower Deschutes, either is good. But, if I had to choose, I'd do the lower Rogue and walk the kids around Blossom. Everything else is very runnable with the kids on board, way more shade, nicer camping in the hot summer.

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Old 07-14-2015   #13
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Have you done the lower deschutes? If not its pretty fun I think for kids and with the river a hole lot warmer than it was they can swim more. We are going around the same time if you want to join or maybe hook up on the river that would be great.
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Old 07-15-2015   #14
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Another vote for Lower Deschutes. Rapids I would consider walking the 3 year old around are:

Oak Springs
Kline? (scout it first to make a call)

When you get a chance to go earlier in the season the John Day is totally worth the effort!

Have fun!
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Old 07-22-2015   #15
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The grande ronde is pretty low and boney, I was there two weeks ago. Rogue is nice if you get a permit. Any part of the Deschutes from warm springs down is reliable and good for the family. I like trout creek to sandy beach around Maupin.

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Old 07-22-2015   #16
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there really isn't any more difficulty in rapids between the Lower Salmon River and Lower Deschutes in late August. The lower salmon is a much better trip.

Regarding the grande ronde in late august. It is typically floatable at that time. We actually just went down last week with no issue. But this year, I bet it will be below 400 cfs in late August and not a good idea for anything but IKs. However, as happened last week, a couple days of good thunderstorms can raise it up into raftable levels (going light). Very easily done with a 14 to 16 ft raft in the 650 cfs range with quite a bit of gear actually. It is a great kid trip and we started taking out nieces on it at age 2.5. If you end up going Wallowa/GR, send me a pm and I will line you out for a low water trip.
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Old 07-22-2015   #17
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another out of the box low water year trip would be to do a few nighter on the mainstem
umpqua upstream of Elkton in and around the Big K reach. I believe you can pay to camp on the Big K and there are other strategic places to have possible camps. It is almost all flatwater but the smallmouth bass fishing is great for adults as well as kids and you could basically live off a bag of potatoes, a few onions, a slab off bacon salt, pepper garlic, some oil and a fishing rod. Great swimming and crawdad prospecting for kiddos
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Old 07-22-2015   #18
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Not a lot of options

Grande Ronde is not an option. It's down to 484 CFS right now. Deschutes from Trout Creek to Sandy Beach or Pine Tree to the Mouth are your only real options at this time. Both are great 2 or 3 day trips with some nice shady camp sites for smaller groups. Go mid week for your best chance for camp sites.
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Old 07-22-2015   #19
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Float the South Fork

Originally Posted by jessekinsman View Post
Looking for a good family rafting trip (2-3 days) in late August in Oregon or Idaho. Considered lower Salmon but apparently the recommended age for that stretch is 6 (our kids are 3 and 8 years-old). We are also concerned about the combination of the length of the trip and the heat exposure for the kids.

We are very experienced boaters but just don't want to push our kids too soon.

We would like class 3 ideally but would consider a class 2 trip. I know there are not many options around this time of year.

Any suggestions, greatly appreciated!
It's not even class 2, but it's beautiful and you can make a nice one to four or more night float along the South Fork of the Snake River between Palisades Dam and Menan Butte. It's a big river and though there's little whitewater, the river swirls, eddies and has stoppers, strainers and side channels to avoid. We use a drift boat, but rafts, canoes and motorized craft are permitted. There's large trout, big raptors, lava-basalt cliffs, Cottonwood benches and bars for camping, shuttle services and many boat ramps. Take a day before hand to paddle boat the Snake River Canyon in Wyoming. Lunch Counter and several other rapids are always fun. and the typical run takes under 2 hours.
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Old 07-22-2015   #20
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Originally Posted by kayakerps View Post
Grande Ronde is not an option. It's down to 484 CFS right now
you probably would have given the same advice on July 10, yet 2 days later we put on with no problems with a little thunder storm action to give a little boost.

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