The Deschutes River, or “River of the Falls” as the French fur traders first named it, has drawn adventure seekers to its waters ever since its discovery. Centuries before Lewis and Clark discovered its rapids in the early 19th century, the river was long a hub of native culture; later, pioneers along the Oregon Trail braved the river crossing on their journey west across wild America. Today it continues to lure those that love the outdoors. Locals will tell you the rainbows along the Deschutes are bigger and redder than any trout you’ve ever seen. Take a drift boat down this high desert canyon walls and brave the cold whitewater for the fishing trip of a lifetime. But adventurers beware: the call of the Deschutes will keep haunting you long after journey’s end.