Whitewater Rafting Fun
Rafting or, specifically, whitewater rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity using a raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the passengers. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the 1970s. Rafting and whitewater rafting adventures are activities that the entire family can enjoy throughout the spring and summer seasons. Rafting is a great way to get your friends and family outdoors and physically active while enjoying the excitement of a lifetime. So get the paddles out!
Rafting Adventure Locations
The Deschutes River in central Oregon is a major tributary of the Columbia River. The river provides much of the drainage on the eastern side of the Cascade Range in Oregon, gathering many of the tributaries that descend from the eastern, drier flank of the mountains. It provided a major route to and from the Columbia for Native Americans and later pioneers on the Oregon Trail. It flows mostly through rugged and arid country and its valley provides a cultural heart for central Oregon. Today the river provides irrigation and is popular in the summer for whitewater rafting and fishing.
The headwaters of the Deschutes River is Little Lava Lake, a lake in the Cascade Mountains located approximately 26 miles northwest of the city of La Pine. The river flows south into Crane Prairie Reservoir then into a second reservoir (the Wickiup Reservoir) from there it heads in a north-easterly direction past the resort community of Sun river into the city of Bend. In Bend, much of the river’s waters is diverted for irrigation, as a result, the river is much smaller when it leaves the city.
The river continues north from Bend, past the city of Redmond. As it heads north through the central Oregon desert, the river carves a gorge. By the time it reaches Lake Billy Chinook west of Madras, the river is approximately 300 feet below the surrounding plateau, Little Agency Plains and Agency Plains. At Lake Billy Chinook, the river is joined by the Crooked and Metolius rivers.
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is another of the United States’ popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Arkansas River There is a total of 150 miles of water that extends from Leadville, Colorado to Pueblo, Colorado and contains many different classes of rapids ranging from Class II-V rapids. Activities within the area include Bicycle Trails, Fishing Guide Service, Hiking, Horseback Riding Trails, National Forest, Nature Experience, Nature Preserve, Nature Tours, River Raft Trips, Scenic Highway/Byway, Ski/Snowboard Area, State Park, Water Park, and Water Recreation. Family fun is a guarantee at this great destination!
Rafting Adventure Gear
The modern raft is an inflatable boat, consisting of very durable, multi-layered rubberized or vinyl fabrics with several independent air chambers. Rafts come in a few different forms. In Europe, the most common is the symmetrical raft steered with a paddle at the stern. Other types are the asymmetrical, rudder-controlled raft and the symmetrical raft with central helm (oars). Rafts are usually propelled with ordinary paddles and typically holds 4 to 12 people. In Russia, rafts are often handmade and are often a catamaran style with two inflatable tubes attached to a frame. Pairs of paddlers navigate on these rafts. Catamaran style rafts have become popular in the western United States as well, but are typically rowed instead of paddled.