Our Story

Starting with just a few rafts in 1982, Deschutes River Adventures began renting out boats for day trips along the whitewater stretch of the Lower Deschutes River in beautiful Maupin, Oregon. Whitewater rafting was an exciting new sport and DRA was the pioneer rafting company to get in on the action. The outfit saw success and soon expanded with more rafts and multi-day rentals so folks could camp along the Wild and Scenic upper and lower overnight stretches of the Deschutes River. Guided trips came a few years later and DRA quickly mastered the logistics and hospitality of guided 1-day and overnight river trips. With quality gear, knowledgeable guides, and decades of experience, Deschutes River Adventures is proud to offer a river trip for any type of person! Weather it be hands off, do-it-yourself rental rafts or a fully pampered guide service with delicious steak dinners along the river bank, DRA has the gear and trip that you're looking for.

In 2017, the shop retail space was remodeled and the retail offerings are expanding! Stop in to check out men's and women's apparel lines like Dakine, Mountain Hardware, NRS, Chaco, Teva and more. New and used light rafting gear is also available. 


meet our team


Andy & Kate

Kate and Andy have been rafting around the Pacific Northwest all their lives. They met while working as guides on the Deschutes in 2010 and got married on it 5 years later. When not in Maupin, you can find them skiing Mt. Hood, rafting rivers all over the PNW, enjoying a tasty Oregon beer, and roadtripping with their pups to their next adventure. 



Lacey is the best border collie ever! She likes to raft, chase sticks, hike, chase balls, ski, chase pinecones and greet you when you arrive here at the shop. Lacey knows her way around Maupin pretty well. When she's hungry, she takes herself to the gas station for a treat. 


Wylie is the newest member of our rafting family. After chewing on balls, sticks or feet he likes to bark at objects that are not even there.  When Lacey is not mentoring him on the ins and outs of rafting you can find him napping in the office under a desk.