Whychus-Deschutes

Within an hour’s drive from Bend and just west of Terrebonne, the rugged canyons of Whychus-Deschutes remain astonishingly wild.

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South Fork Crooked River and Birds

South Fork Crooked River and Birds

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Young Horny Toad Lizard

Young Horny Toad Lizard

In the summer these lizards begin foraging for food as soon as their body temperature rises as the heat of the day increases. They feed on slow-moving, ground-dwelling insects. In the fall they hibernate by burying themselves in the sand.

Latin name: Phrysonoma platyrhinos

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Swallowtail

Swallowtail

The Oregon Swallowtail butterfly is the official state insect of Oregon and a true native of the Pacific Northwest. The Swallowtail can be seen in the lower sagebrush canyons of the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Snake River drainage area.  Source: State Symbols USA

Latin name: Papilio oregonius

Wild Waters in the High Desert

The Whychus-Deschutes proposed wilderness holds popular places such as Alder Springs and Steelhead Falls as well as less-well-known wonders waiting to be discovered. The frothing whitewater at the confluence of Whychus Creek and the Middle Deschutes River creates a lush oasis for wildlife. Flyfishers ply these waters for native fish and everyone enjoys the jaw-dropping views.

Whychus-Deschutes: Wild and Free

Hiking in the Whychus-Deschutes backcountry

Jim Davis   Website

Steelhead Falls

Gena Goodman-Campbell

Whychus Creek

Gena Goodman-Campbell

Old growth ponderosa pines above Whychus Creek

Brian O'Keefe   Website

Winter hiking on the Middle Deschutes River

Gena Goodman-Campbell

Hiking and fishing are by far the most popular activities in the Whychus-Deschutes area, but a wide variety of non-motorized recreation pursuits, including horseback riding, in-season hunting, camping, and bird watching, are also allowed.