I read about some outfitters that do trips from the Bend area, and then another that provides transport from Bend to Maupin and does 4-5 hours on the river. Which is better? Of course, I could do without the 3+ hours on a bus to and from Maupin, but I get the sense that maybe the river trips from Maupin are much better, and worth the travel time. What do you say? What's the best day trip on the river for a family of 4 (one kid in college and one in high school). Thanks!
And while I am asking "water questions" - is there a nice lake near Bend where we could rent kayaks, or is there an outfitter that would deliver kayaks to the Lake? If so, which lake do you suggest?