Summer Watersports

Summer Watersports that Really Float our Boat

Chris Smith | 07.19.23

Looking for new ways to make a splash this summer? We’ve got just the thing. Take a break from the traditional beach trip and book a stay in Sisters, Oregon where majestic rivers and mountain lakes offer a whole slew of summer watersports. Whether you prefer to swim, fish, paddle, or float, you’ll find plenty of ways to hit the water and make some new waves with a summer stay in Central Oregon.


During the summer, waterways teeming with trophy-sized trout make it easy to ace your angling game. The Metolius River, for example, has clear and cold waters that offer some of the finest fly fishing in the country. From a cozy riverside cabin in Camp Sherman, you can cast right from the shore for bull trout, redmond trout, PMDs, and other summer species. Or book a family cabin on the edge of Wychus Creek to fish a peaceful glacier-fed creek full of wild trout.


If you prefer waves of the rockier sort, rafting may just be your new favorite summer watersport. The McKenzie River is a local crowd favorite, with a steady downhill plunge that keeps the fun flowing for miles. The Deschutes River is also popular with rafters and offers both calm stretches and challenging rapids, making it perfect for adventurers of all ages and skill levels. You can even book a condo overlooking the river to keep the rapids in sight for your entire stay.

Kayaking & Canoeing

If paddling is more your speed, there’s no shortage of serene and scenic lakes to explore around Sisters. Wanderlust Tours conducts guided kayak trips to many of our alpine lakes, or you can strike out solo for a peaceful paddling session. Clear Lake, a 142-acre lake in Willamette National Forest, has the clearest water in the Cascades (you can even scuba dive!) and a strict no-motoring policy to keep things nice and peaceful. You can snag a kayak rental at Clear Lake Resort, or launch your own craft for just $5 at the public launch.


Did you know you can surf in Central Oregon? Windsurf, that is. The Deschutes National Forest is home to some wonderful windswept lakes that are sure to billow your sail. With crystal-clear waters surrounded by towering mountain peaks, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a prettier spot to hang ten.


Of course, we can’t forget about actually floating your boat. A short drive from Sisters, Lake Billy Chinook is a desert oasis that’s 7 miles long and boasts more than 70 miles of shoreline and four public boat launches. Also Paulina Lake, a landlocked gem in the Newberry Caldera, is perfect for pontoon boats and leisurely day cruises; rentals are available at Paulina Lake Lodge. Cultus Lake is one of the few high Cascade Lakes that allow high-speed watercraft and is a popular spot for waterskiing, speedboats and waverunners.

Book Your Summer Stay with Sisters Vacation Rentals

Lastly, After a long day of watersports, dry out in comfort in one of our great area rentals that are perfect for water lovers. Whether you’re looking for waterfront views, easy access to the shore, or a full riverside retreat, we have the perfect property for your summer pursuits. Moreover, Book your stay with us and dive headfirst into a season full of unique watersports and outdoor adventure.

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