For your trip on the Lower Deschutes River we will launch from Heritage Landing, just outside of The Dalles, Oregon.
Heritage Landing is located off I-84, 17 miles E of The Dalles, Oregon.
From Portland Airport your trip will take about 1 1/2 hours (82 miles):
Take Exit #97 Deschutes Park/Celilo Park.
Turn right (south) from the off ramp.
You will immediately see a frontage road that parallels the freeway. This is Old
Moody Road but it does not have a sign.
Turn left onto the frontage road (Old Moody Rd.).
Head East approximately 2 miles. You will pass a pond on the right then you will see the signs leading you to Heritage Landing. You will see Heritage Landing on your right side. If you go over the Deschutes, you have gone too far. Deschutes State Park is on the East side of the river. Heritage Landing is on the west side of the Deschutes.
As you drive into the park, you will see a parking lot on your right. Once you get the things you would like to bring with you, follow the road down to the water. It’s a short walk from the parking lot. If you have a lot of gear to unload, you may pull into the “Raft” area to unload but do not unload your vehicle in the main boat ramp area. There will be anglers wanting to launch their boats.
We will be waiting for your group at the beach in a 26 foot, red, North River Jet Sled.
There are restrooms at this launch site. There is usually cell service but it is sporadic as we head up the river.