Outdoor tourism, particularly fishing and whitewater rafting, form the primary economic base for charming little Maupin, Oregon in the Deschutes River Valley near the Columbia River Gorge.
- Fishing and whitewater rafting are two of the best reasons to visit Maupin, Oregon.
- Located 45 miles south of The Dalles on U.S. Highway 197.
- Friendly locals, two river festivals, and plenty of outdoor recreation will greet you in Maupin.
U.S. Highway 197 bridges the Deschutes River in downtown Maupin, Oregon, at one of the few places this river can be crossed. With its high desert beauty and convenient access to famed whitewater runs and fertile fishing holes, Maupin is an Oregon Desert escape from the bustling city and a headquarters for outdoor pursuits.
Maupin is located 45 miles south of The Dalles, Oregon on Highway 197, in the Deschutes River Valley.
- Two inns and a cozy B & B offer more than 40 rooms overlooking the Deschutes; two more motels sit within Maupin.
- Several campgrounds rest along the river and an RV park lies just 10 miles north; RV and tent camping also are allowed in Maupin City Park.
- A fine dining restaurant and a café provide sustenance.
- Float and fly fishing for wild trout and steelhead.
- Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoe adventures.
- Hiking, cycling, bird watching, and motorcycle tours.
- The “Opening Day on the Deschutes River” festival in June celebrates the beginning of the river recreation season.
- Deschutes RiverFest in September celebrates the fall and winter fishing seasons.
- White River Falls State Park is just 6 miles north in Tygh Valley.
- Shaniko is an antique ghost town about 28 miles SE of Maupin on U.S. 97.
Maupin visitors should drive east on Interstate 84 from Hood River to The Dalles and take Highway 197 south about 45 miles to Maupin. The high desert landscape and the beautiful Deschutes River Canyon will highlight your trip.