The Deschutes Paddle Trail includes the nine largest Cascades Lakes in Deschutes County. Detailed descriptions of the Paddle Trail can be found in the "Deschutes Paddle Trail Cascade Lake Guide”. The Cascades Lake Guide provides maps of the nine largest Cascades Lakes along with the access points and campgrounds with GPS coordinates as well as the roads to the lakes. The included lakes are Wickiup, Crane Prairie, Cultus, Lava, Hosmer, Elk, Sparks Paulina and East. The Lakes Guide shows the amenities available at each of the lakes and the species of fish to be found in each lake. The Cascades Lakes Guide is distributed at no charge and is available in outdoor shops, visitor’s centers and many bookstores.
The Deschutes Paddle Trail includes the navigable sections of the Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers in Deschutes County. Detailed descriptions of the Paddle Trail can be found in the "Deschutes Paddle Trail River Guide.” The 54 page Deschutes Paddle Trail River Guide covers 26 miles of the Little Deschutes River (from LaPine to the river’s junction with the Deschutes River south of Sunriver) and 95 miles of the Deschutes River (from Wickiup Reservoir in the south to Lower Bridge in the north which is the last takeout before leaving Deschutes County). The River Guide provides general information about the Deschutes Rivers, safety information, environmental information and detailed river maps showing access points and river hazards with GPS coordinates and nearby roads. The River Guides may be purchased at outdoor shops and bookstores for $15 MSRP.
Thirty kiosks were installed at launch sites on the nine largest Cascades Lakes during 2010. The sites were approved by the Bend/Fort Rock Office of the Deschutes National Forest. Each kiosk contains a detailed map of that lake and information for paddlers. Examples of these materials for Crane Prairie Reservoir are shown below.
The BPTA worked with the Bend/Fort Rock Office of the Deschutes National Forest to develop signs for paddlers on the Deschutes River within the Deschutes NF. There are two categories of signs. One is a safety sign to warn paddlers of hazards ahead and what action they should take as a result. The second is a two panel bulletin board which contains maps with distances to put-ins, takeouts and amenities such as campgrounds and day use areas and information on safety and Leave No Trace.