Keeping the Peninsula safe for everyone to enjoy
Just north of Crooked River Ranch, the Peninsula has long been a favorite place for many of us to ride horses, hike, bike and access the nearby river canyons. We envision a Peninsula where everyone can feel safe visiting this beautiful area, but that is not currently the case. Unregulated target shooting has taken a huge toll on the landscape, and made local residents afraid to go out and enjoy our public lands.
Read more about the FANs' vision for the Peninsula...
Get to know your public lands!
FANs members love to introduce others in our community to the spectacular public lands of the Deschutes Canyon Area. In addition to our guided hikes , FANs volunteers often lead walks for church groups, classes or families. To set up a hike for your group, please contact us!
Native Plant Restoration
To celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 28, Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area, Heart of Oregon Corps, and The Trust for Public Land pitched in to plant native vegetation along a new trail in the Crooked River Canyon.
Winter Wonderland Clean Up
To learn more about FANs, please call 541-771-FANS (3267) or use this contact form.
Click on the button below to become a member of Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area.
The canyons of the Middle Deschutes are at once accessible and remote, with dozens of access points under an hour’s drive from the major population centers of Bend, Redmond and Madras.
Click here for descriptions of outings in the Middle Deschutes and driving directions to trail heads like Scout Camp, Alder Springs and Otter Bench.
View a slideshow of the Deschutes Canyon Area, which includes Lower Whychus Creek and the Crooked River Canyon.