The Deschutes River winds its way from the Cascade Mountains down to the high desert, providing Central Oregon with a source of water for crops and cattle, as well as a place to play. The river has been an important part of the area’s economy in the past, powering a thriving logging industry. But as the logging industry faded away, the river remained. Today, the river is used by thousands of people for fishing, rafting, kayaking, and swimming.
It’s summertime in Bend! And what better means to celebrate than with a ride on the Deschutes River? There are plenty of spots that put you right into its path for easy floating. From Farewell Bend Park (east) or Riverbend park(west), it’s never too late or early when temperatures start rising, so grab your family members–and maybe even some friends — to make this season truly memorable.
Park & Float offers a unique and fun experience for people of all ages. There is parking, snacks to enjoy while you’re waiting your turn in line (or just hanging out), and lawn activities available so kids can play before they head off into adventures on their own Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe also rents river tubes that are durable enough–and come equipped with complimentary life jackets-to accommodate any size group from toddlers up through adults who might want one more dip or two after getting back onto shore following an exciting ride downstream.
Float down the Deschutes River and enjoy a two-hour float from one of three parks. Or try our new one-hour option – you’ll be glad you did! For those not interested in riding rapids, we offer scenic excursions throughout this beautiful river valley that are best for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. You can also get your exercise by biking to Park & Float; then take advantage of free parking beside us where rows upon endless row await bike holders ready waiters any time day or night.
The Deschutes River is a perfect place to get your adrenaline pumping. It’s home to the only whitewater play area in Oregon, and it’s centrally located right outside Old Mill District, which makes it one access point many visitors come here for. You can adjust how challenging this attraction will be by adjusting certain variables such as wave height or frequency on an iPad at Bend Parks & Rec office up street (that’s also open during non-visibility hours).
Deschutes River Address: 970 SE Reed Market Rd, Bend, OR 97702, U.S.