What to Do in Maupin, Oregon

When you come to Maupin, Oregon, you can expect the peace and tranquility of a small town along with the expansive beauty of the high desert. Located in Central Oregon on the Deschutes River, Maupin is a playground for deer, elk, and bird hunters. Multiple runs of steelhead, salmon, and trout help fisherman find serenity on the Deschutes River. In the summer, Maupin is soaking wet with white water rafting and stand-up paddle boarding. And of course, there are small shops and great lodging in town for those who prefer to adventure indoors.

Come see what the high desert has to offer any time of the year.

Plan Your Maupin Adventure

There’s lots to do in Maupin and nearby areas. For example, why not try:

ATV Riding

The high desert is just waiting for you to come play with your ATV. McCubbins Gulch has 30 miles of OHV trails for your entertainment. Just ride with care and be prepared to have fun.

The Northern Oregon Motorcycle and ATV Club also has many opportunities for you to join the fun.


The area is host to many species of birds from raptors to songbirds. A short list would include Canada geese, great blue heron, common merganser, mallards, and numerous species of song birds including the rufoussided towhee, yellow warbler, northern oriole, and the western meadowlark. Golden and bald eagles, and a variety of other raptors can also be seen. Check out BirdingOregon.info for more info on birds you might find in our area.


There are several places to camp under the stars around Maupin, the most popular being BLM, Riverside Site, and Maupin City Park. You can also camp at Bear Springs Campground, Clear Creek Crossing Campground, Rock Creek Reservoir Campground and at the Hunts RV Park. Forest Service and the Maupin City Park accept reservations but the BLM is first come first serve, so plan ahead during busy seasons.


South Wasco County offers several great cycling routes from beginner to ultra-cyclist. These year-round routes have mild, dry weather & very little traffic. Listed are some basic distances, please feel free to contact the Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce to get more specific information or to schedule a cycling event in the area.

Race Across Oregon has adopted Maupin as their second home. The spring season kicks off with the Deschutes River Valley Time Trial Festival on April 25 & 26. There are three stages for riders to test their skills upon. In September, Maupin hosts Learn more about the Ride Row Run competition. which features both solo and relay competitions that transition from cycling, to rafting, to running. Both events are staged at the Imperial River Company, right down on the Deschutes.

You don't need to enter a competition to tour the Maupin area on your bike. We have several great routes, including Maupin to Sherar's Falls, the Sherar's Falls Loop, and the Bakeoven Out and Back, to name a few. You can check out Browse routes at Ride Oregon Ride. for more routes around Maupin.


The Deschutes River is world famous for its Reside Trout and elusive Steelhead. People come from all over the world to fish this beautiful desert canyon. Whether you try it alone or go with one of Maupin's knowledgeable local guides, you can be assured of enjoying some of the best fishing and spectacular scenery anywhere.

Fish on your own or try a guided fishing trip from the Deschutes Angler Fly Shop or the Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop.


The Historical Maupin GeoTour is operated by the Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce. This tour offers a Geocacher the opportunity to learn about the Central Oregon Historical Experience as it relates to the Maupin Area. It consists of 12 identified GeoCaches.

Complete the 12 Cache Passport and the first 250 receive a custom Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce GeoCoin. For more info, check out the Geotour page.


With the fantastic desert weather this is a great area for hiking. Emptying into the Deschutes River is the White River. The White River has a magnificent series of waterfalls that are accessed by trail from the White River Falls State Park. The Deschutes has an access road that follows the river providing many opportunities for hikes up side canyons through incredible geology. Just South on Hwy 197 from Maupin is the Criterion area that offers great day hikes with spectacular mountain scenery.


Fall and winter seasons are popular for visitors in pursuit of big game, upland birds and waterfowl. Mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, mourning dove, Chukar, valley quail, Canada geese, and mallards are some of the species found in the Deschutes River canyon. There are many preserves in the area that offer fantastic bird hunting. From released birds to wild hunting it can all be found within a 20 minute drive of Maupin.

Try your hand at a guided bird hunting trip with Badger Creek Members Club or Sage Canyon Outfitters.

Whitewater Rafting

Surrounded by beautiful scenery and steep canyon walls, the Deschutes rolls and tumbles as it makes its way to the Columbia River. Whether you're a veteran river runner, or a first-timer, The Deschutes offers an unmatched whitewater experience. From exciting day trips to unforgettable overnight adventures, The Deschutes promises to thrill. Boasting class I-IV rapids, the Deschutes offers something for everyone. Rafters scream with delight as they splash through Box Car and Oak Springs rapids, two of the most famous plunges on The Deschutes River.

There are several companies offering guided rafting trips, boat rentals, and shuttle services, including:

Sportsman's Grass Car Racing


April 15: First home race of the year at 12 noon
April 22 & 23: Sac Valley, CA The first of the WMWS
May 20: Home race 12 noon
May 27 & 28: Wamic, OR The 2nd race of the WMWS Labor Day weekend Wamic, OR start time 12 noon
June 17: Home race 12 noon
July 1 & 2: Wamic, OR 4th race of the WMWS. Start time 3:00 Saturday and 12 noon Sunday
July 15: Home race 12 noon
July 28 & 29: Jefferson County Fair, Madras, OR
August 12: Morton, WA Loggers Jubilee 8HP only
August 19: Home race 12 noon
September 2 & 3: Wamic, OR The 6th and final race of the WMWS. We will run this race under the lights Saturday night at 7:00 PM. We will run this race with more lights for a complete view of the track and pit area and night of great racing for the final winners of the year of the WMWS. Sunday start time will be at 12 noon with the final race for the points winner of the WMWS.
September 16: Final race of the year and the last for the points winner of Sportsman’s Grass Car Racing


Bureau of Land Management Visitors Center

Overlooking the Deschutes River is the Bureau of Land Management information center. Open in the summer, there is a wealth of information on the Deschutes River canyon, and friendly staff to answer your questions. Call for schedule of Summer Interpretive programs.

Maupin Visitors Center

To find even more to do and to learn more about the history of Maupin, check out the Maupin Visitors Center. Waiting for you on the main street in downtown Maupin at 512 Deschutes Avenue. The Maupin Visitors Center is loaded with information on Maupin and the surrounding area. Make this your first stop in the area to round out the activities for your visit. The center is open Thursday-Sunday 11am to 4pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you'd like more information, please give us a call at 541-993-1708.