Canoe secluded Clear Lake, explore remote caves in helmets and headlamps, examine the crater of an ancient volcano or discover hidden clues in the forest on a GPS Eco-Challenge. Award-winning local naturalist guides bring the area alive for you with fun interpretations on ecology, geology, wildlife and Native American and pioneer history. No experience necessary. All ages and ability levels welcome; all equipment included. Wanderlust Tours also offers Moonlight Canoe Trips, Dinner Canoe under the Stars and Brews & Views Canoe Trips and Beer Tasting Events.
Downhill Mountain Bike Tour
The Paulina Plunge Downhill/Waterfall Mountain Bike Tour will guide you to the scenic waterfalls and slides of Paulina Creek. Riding the two natural water slides will be the highlight of your vacation. The tour consists of four 1.5 mile biking segments to each waterfall stop. While coasting down the smooth dirt forest trail, you will be close to the shimmering waterfalls of the stream. The tour includes visits to up to six pristine waterfalls, ranging in height from 10 to 40 feet, as well as two safe natural watersides where you may explore and play. Two short energetic nature hikes, at a distance of 1/2 mile each, will be required to reach the enchanting waterfalls and slides below. This safe, fun family excursion is attractive for all active age groups, ages 4 & up; bike and helmet included. Call 800-296-0562 or visit the Paulina Plunge website.
Guided Fly Fishing
The Central Oregon area draws fly fishers from around the world to test their skill in the area’s pristine waters. The Metolius River, located just five miles northwest of the Ranch, offers challenging fly fishing in an incredible setting. Guided fly-fishing trips are also available through the Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters. They offer a variety of fly-fishing experiences in the area, as well as Fly Fishing Schools that include all equipment. Float trips are available on the Deschutes, McKenzie and South Santiam rivers. Walk-wade trips are available on the Crooked River, Upper McKenzie and the North Santiam Rivers. Lake Classes on private lakes, including Phalarope Lake at Black Butte Ranch, are also available. Call 541-549-FISH (3474) for reservations and information.
Enjoy a Central Oregon whitewater rafting adventure during your stay! From scenic and mellow rapids, mixed in with fun rolls and swirls, to thrilling adventures, there’s fun for everyone! Watch this Ouzel Outfitters video for a taste of whitewater rafting.
RiverStone Rafting, Sun Country Tours and Ouzel Outfitters provide rafting trips and family adventures during the summer. Each company is full-service with pickup and drop-off at Lakeside Activity Center at Black Butte Ranch. Guarantee your Oregon river rafting adventure with advance reservations (paid 48 hours prior to departure and a minimum number of participants).
Family river rafting trips have been Ouzel’s focus for almost 30 years. They pride themselves on creating experiences that consider not only the needs of a family as a whole, but also the needs of kids and adults individually. Ouzel Outfitters offer full-day and half-day McKenzie River rafting trips. Call 800-788-7238 or 541-385-5947 for more information.
With a combined 30 years of guiding and river training experience, RiverStone Rafting strives to make each experience unique. As a wise river runner once remarked “YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST RIVER TRIP.” Their mission is to create adventures that help shape lasting memories for every guest and student. Call 800-620-0269 for more information.
Sun Country Tours
Sun Country Raft Tours is recognized as one of the West’s finest whitewater rafting companies. They handcraft some of the best river trips anywhere and offer rafting fun for the entire family! The Big Eddy Thriller rafting trip, half-day McKenzie River trips and Deschutes River rafting trips are all outstanding family adventures in Central Oregon. Call 541-382-1709 for more information.