Area Activities


A wide variety of activities surround Wasco House. Pick your favorite...we'll be happy to help you plan your adventure!

(Links and information are not listed in any particular order.  Please contact a business before attempting to visit them; Wasco House is not responsible for business hours of others!) 



Hunt for pictographs and petroglyphs.  

Horsethief Lake (Columbia Hills State Park, WA)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED for pictograph and petroglyph tours.

The store at the Oregon Archaeological Society has many books on this subject.

Oregon Archaeological Society Store



Wide open, lightly traveled roads make this area ideal for touring by car, bicycle or motorcycle.  Photo opportunities abound.

- Deschutes River Jet Boat Tours

Join guide Brad Staples on a 50 mile, four hour, round trip scenic jet boat tour of the lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River.  The tour launches from Heritage Landing at the mouth of the Deschutes and travels among majestic basalt cliffs, through five Class 3 rapids, to Mack's Canyon.  At times you can see California big horn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, beaver, raccoon, otter, bald and golden eagles, osprey, geese, ducks, and other wildlife.

- Deschutes River State Recreation Area

- John Day River/Cottonwood Canyon State Park

- Cottonwood Canyon State Park

- White River Falls State Park

- John Day Fossil Beds - Clarno Unit

- Horsethief Butte (Columbia Hills State Park, WA - hiking and rock climbing)

- Sherman County Cycling Tour

- Sherman County Driving Tour

- Things to See and Do in Sherman County



Wasco House is located just minutes from the Deschutes, Columbia, and John Day rivers.  These rivers offer outstanding opportunities for windsurfing and kiting, boating, fishing, rafting, etc.  Below are links to some local sites and outfitters. 

Relax at Wasco House after windsurfing/kiting at Rufus, Celilo, Maryhill, Peach Beach or The Wall

Deschutes River State Recreation Area

Ouzel Outfitters

Rafting trips on the Deschutes River and John Day River

River Drifters (Maupin, OR - Deschutes rafting trips) 

John Day River/Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Young's Fishing Service, Inc.

Your Guides for the Columbia River Gorge
Jack LaFond

Fly by Nyte Guide Service

Fishing guide service.

208 Main Street
Rufus, OR 97050

Call Touche or Kathee at (541) 298-2770

Walleye Willies Guide Service

2521 E 12th
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 993-7335