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Lower Deschutes River Management System



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Important Lower Deschutes area information can be found here:  Lower Deschutes Announcements
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Lower Deschutes River Management System Information

What is the Lower Deschutes River Management System? 
The LDRMS is a natural resource management plan & limited entry permit system designed to lessen impacts to the river and surrounding natural resources in an effort to preserve it for future generations. 

How does it work? 
In effort to lessen user created impacts to the river, the limited entry system requires that each person on a watercraft or other floating device purchase a Boater Pass, with access restricted to a limited number of boaters on some segments during peak use periods. 
Who oversees the system? 
Following terms of an Interagency Management Agreement and guidelines set forth in the Lower Deschutes Management Plan and the Lower Deschutes Allocation System documents, the system is managed cooperatively by representatives from BLM, OPRD, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, ODFW, OSMB, OSP and local government.  These managing agencies are advised by both the John Day - Snake River Resource Advisory Council (https://www.blm.gov/or/rac/jdrac.php) as well as the Interagency Implementation Team (working) group made up of local, state, tribal & federal agency representatives.   

Agency Representatives: 

Bureau of Land Management
Jeff Kitchens, Deschutes Field Office Manager

Oregon State Parks
J.R. Collier, Mountain Region Manager

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Robert Brunoe, Natural Resources General Manager

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Floy (Lori) Anderson, Superintendent

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Robert Hooten, Watershed District Manager

Oregon State Police
Carl Rhodes, OSP Fish & Wildlife Supervisor

Oregon State Marine Board
Larry Warren, Director

Local Government
Scott Hege, Wasco County Commissioner

Contact BLM:  (541) 416-6700 

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Passes & Permits

Boater Passes
Required year-round for day and overnight use for each person on a watercraft/floating device for transport on the Lower Deschutes River from the Pelton Dam to the Moody Island rapids near I-84 and the Columbia. 
Tribal Permits
Needed per person if launching or landing, even if for only a brief moment, at either Harpham Flat or Sandy Beach. 


Moody Island Permit
You must have this per person permit for recreation on Moody Island, Moody Rapids, and the surrounding river area to the Heritage Landing boat ramp. 
Heritage to Columbia
This per person permit is needed for use of the Heritage Landing Boat Ramp and Deschutes River to the mouth of the Columbia. 
Aquatic Invasive Species
Oregon State Marine board requires operators of all 10 foot or longer manually powered boats to carry this permit.  This includes drift boats, kayaks, canoes, rafts, etc. 
Fishing License
Needed if fishing anywhere within the Deschutes River, regardless of whether from land or water.


What do I need if I am floating the river with 2 other people only in the area south of Moody Island Rapids & NOT using Tribal sites?
You will need 1 boater pass per person, as well as 1 Aquatic Invasive Species Permit per boat.

What does our family of 5 need to float the River and briefly stop at Harpham & Sandy beaches, ending our float prior to Moody Island Rapids?
You will need 5 Boater Passes (1 per person), 1 Tribal Permit per boat, & 1 Aquatic Invasive Species Permit per boat.

​What permits do we need if we're floating the Deschutes and will end our day hanging out in the Moody Island area?
You will need 1 Boater Pass per person on the float, 1 Moody Island Permit per person, & 1 Aquatic Invasive Species Permit per boat.

What do we need to float the Deschutes River from well south of Moody Island Rapids all the way to the mouth of the Columbia?
You will need 1 Boater Pass per person on the float, 1 Heritage to Columbia Permit per person, & 1 Aquatic Invasive Species Permit per boat.

What do I need if all I'm doing is launching off of a non-Tribal boat ramp and fishing in the Deschutes without really floating anywhere else?
You will need 1 Boater Pass per person on the watercraft, 1 Aquatic Invasive Species Permit per boat, and a Fishing License for each person fishing.

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​Rules & Regulations for the Lower Deschutes River

Permit inspections & land and water patrols are regularly conducted by multiple County, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies.  Please abide by the rules, and have your permits ready for spot checks.

It is the responsibility of each user to read and understand the Rules and Regulations  for the Lower Deschutes River Corridor.

Please also review Division 30 Scenic Waterway Rules and the Lower Deschutes Scenic Waterway OAR's so you are fully informed.

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Lower Deschutes River Management System Meetings

IIT Meetings
10am-1pm    City of Bend Utilities Building, 62975 Boyd Acres Rd., Bend
1pm-4pm      Jefferson County Fire District #1, 765 South Adams Dr., Madras
10am-1pm    Maupin Civic Center, 408 Deschutes Ave., Maupin
10am-1pm    Warm Springs Power Enterprises, 5180 Jackson Trail Rd., Warm Springs    
10am-1pm    Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, 3561 Klindt Dr., The Dalles
10am-1pm    Bureau of Land Management, 3050 NE 3rd St., Prineville
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Lower Deschutes River Management Documents

Documents are currently being added to this section 

May 1991 
A joint River Management Plan developed by Federal, State, Tribal & County Governments.
Public Comment & Response to the May 1991 River Management Plan
Lower Deschutes River Management Plan RECORD OF DECISION
February 1993
A BLM document that legally adopts the management plan.
Supplement to the Lower Deschutes River Management Plan - Evaluation, Analysis & Proposal
March 1996
Evaluation of Management actions, analysis of Permit Allocation Techniques, Proposed Lower Deschutes River Limited Entry System.
Supplement to the Lower Deschutes River Management Plan FINAL DECISION Lower Deschutes River Allocation System
June 1997
Decision on the design of the permit system, & supplements the Lower Deschutes River Management Plan in four areas.




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