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Deschutes River
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Three Rivers Land Conservancy
Deschutes Basin Land Trust
The Deschutes Basin is a vital watershed encompassing nearly 7 million acres in north central Oregon. The region's minimal rain and snowmelt feed numerous creeks and small rivers, all contributing to the Deschutes River, which finally flows into the Columbia River to the north.
The Deschutes River takes its name from early French explorers, who called it the Riviere des Chutes (river of falls). The river and its tributaries were a focal point of human life in the region for millennia. Fish used the river to reach spawning grounds long before the dawn of recorded history.
But today, the Deschutes and its tributaries are in trouble. Fish once native to the area have virtually disappeared. It is a primary goal of the Deschutes Basin Land Trust (DBLT) to help restore riparian spawning habitat and encourage the return of native fish runs.
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