- 34 miles (54 km)
- 1 hour to drive the byway.
The byway follows the nationally recognized Lower Deschutes River through a Columbia River basalt canyon. The river was designated a National Wild and Scenic River System and is used for rafting and fishing. If you plan to raft the river, you should know that the rapids have been classified as Classes 1-4.
Not only does the river have great rapids, it is also nationally known for its outstanding trout, steelhead, and salmon fisheries. Spend some time at the camping and picnicking grounds scattered throughout the Byway. Stop at Sherar's Falls where you can watch the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs fish with large nets on the ends of long poles. You can explore this area on foot, or you can horseback ride. The byway has a variety of wildlife so keep your eyes open.