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Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Sensitive Habitat
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Upper Deschutes River's best cliff jumping spot. Quiet day-use area.

Cons

River moves relatively quickly.

Location

Field Guide + Map

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