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Little Deschutes River
Origin 43°17′35″N 121°59′20″W / 43.29295°N 121.98897°W / 43.29295; -121.98897
Mouth 43°51′15″N 121°27′10″W / 43.85417°N 121.45278°W / 43.85417; -121.45278Coordinates: 43°51′15″N 121°27′10″W / 43.85417°N 121.45278°W / 43.85417; -121.45278
Basin countries U.S.
Length 97 mi (156 km)
Source elevation 5,230 ft (1,590 m)
Mouth elevation 4,170 ft (1,270 m)
Basin area 1,020 sq mi (2,600 km2)

The Little Deschutes River is a tributary of the Deschutes River in the central part of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is approximately 97 miles (156 km) long, with a drainage basin of 1,020 square miles (2,600 km2).[1] It drains a scenic rural area of the High Desert on the east side of the Cascade Range south of Bend.


The Little Deschutes River rises near Mule Peak in the high Cascades in the Mount Thielsen Wilderness in northwestern Klamath County, approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Crater Lake. It flows generally north from the mountains through the Winema National Forest, roughly following U.S. Highway 97 past La Pine. It joins the Deschutes from the south approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of Bend in southern Deschutes County.

It passes through the small towns of Crescent and Gilchrist and joins with the Deschutes at Sunriver. The stream meanders significantly most of its course, though this is less pronounced above river mile 80 (which is near its crossing of Oregon Route 58).

See also


  1. ^ Deschutes Subbasin Plan, Northwest Power and Conservation Council


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