Deschutes River Geohydrology Field Trip

  • 28 Jul 2021

Trip Leaders:

Daniele McKay, University of Oregon

Kyle Gorman, Oregon Water Resources Department

Thanks to the young volcanic geology of central Oregon, the Deschutes River was known as the "Peculiar River" because of its remarkably consistent year-round water levels. Like much of the west, the river and irrigation were key to the settling this area. Join Daniele McKay and Kyle Gorman for an exploration of the natural system and how the Deschutes River is managed today.

We will meet at the Park and Float parking lot at the corner Simpson Avenue and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1000 SW Bradbury Way. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get signed in and organized as a group.

From there we will drive to multiple sites along the Upper Deschutes River. Bring water, snacks, and lunch, and dress for variable weather. There will be one or two very short walks on mostly flat trails.

Daniele McKay has a PhD in geology from the University of Oregon. She studies volcanic activity and has focused much of her research on recent eruptions in central Oregon.

Kyle Gorman is Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) Region Manager for the South Central Region, which includes the Deschutes, Klamath, and Lake Basins. 


This trip is limited to 12 participants. All participants are required to be fully vaccinated and must be a COGS member or a guest of a member. Ride sharing is voluntary but is encouraged due to limited parking at some of the field stops. 

Central Oregon Geoscience Society

P.O. Box 2154,  Bend, Oregon 97709

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