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Meadow Camp Day Use Area

Deschutes River

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • Swimming hole along the Deschutes River near the parking area.- Meadow Camp Day Use Area
  • Swimming hole along Deschutes River near the parking area.- Meadow Camp Day Use Area
  • 16' high cliff jumping spot off of the Deschutes River Trail.- Meadow Camp Day Use Area
  • 16' high cliff jumping spot off of the Deschutes River Trail.- Meadow Camp Day Use Area
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Upper Deschutes River's best cliff jumping spot. Quiet day-use area.
Cons: 
River moves relatively quickly.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Location Type: 
River (moving quickly)
Cliff jumping: 
Yes
Greatest Height: 
16 ft (5 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Light rain and breezy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
56°F
37°

Fri

Mostly cloudy throughout the day and breezy until afternoon.
41°F
34°

Sat

Mixed precipitation in the morning and windy throughout the day.
55°F
34°

Sun

Windy until afternoon and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
55°F
45°

Mon

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
65°F
42°

Tue

Partly cloudy overnight.
69°F
38°

Wed

Partly cloudy in the morning.
67°F
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Just southwest of Bend, off of Century Drive and along a quiet stretch of the Deschutes River, is a swimming and rock climbing area that has long been a local favorite.  True to its name, Meadow Camp Day-Use Area was once a popular campground.  Today, overnight camping is no longer permitted here (or along any stretch of the Deschutes River Trail), but you'll find basking in the central Oregon sun during daylight hours is just as rewarding.

To access the cliff jumping spot generally referred to as "Meadow Camp," hike 0.4-miles back toward Bend on the Deschutes River Trail.  At this point the river isn't quite as calm as it is by the parking area, but the current is a minor issue when compared with the low water temperatures.  After taking the plunge, jumping as far out as possible, you'll find a meager path to scramble back up to the top and dry off.

From the main area of Meadow Camp you can also head 1.5 miles further southwest to Lava Island Falls, where you can connect with the Upper Reach of the Deschutes River Trail.  Enjoy and be safe.

Cliff Jumping Safety

Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.

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