Start and end your trip on the river at the Bend Park & Float Station

The 2019 floating season is soon upon us.

Starting May 25 at Riverbend Park, Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe will be offering tube, kayak and canoe rentals. All rentals come with life jackets and there’s changing rooms and restrooms on site.

Then, on June 15, Bend floaters will once again be able to rent a tube, grab sunscreen and load up on snacks all at the Bend Park & Float station next to The Pavilion on Simpson and Bradbury Dr.

There’s tons of parking and changing rooms at Bend Park & Float and you’ll be able to hop on the Ride the River shuttle from Drake Park back to your car for just $4.

Here’s the rundown for the Bend Park & Float station this summer:

  • Bend Park & Float station runs from June 15 – Sept. 2
  • Tube rentals cost $16 for 2 hours
  • Changing rooms and restrooms
  • Large parking area
  • Shaved ice, ice cream, and other snacks
  • Everything else needed for fun on the river: hats, sunscreen, cell phone cases, river sandals, and more!
  • Conveniently located on the Ride the River shuttle route, which operates from June 15 – Sept. 2

While you’re on the water, be an active and engaged advocate for the river and follow the basic tenants of the Enjoy Protect Respect project, a local campaign created to increase community engagement to enhance the overall health and usability of the Deschutes.

  • Enjoy the river safely by wearing a life jacket and securing all of your gear properly
  • Protect the river by picking up your trash and belongings
  • Respect the river by only entering and exiting in specified approved access points

With an estimated 250,00 boaters, paddlers, floaters and swimmers using the Deschutes every year, it’s imperative we all do our part to protect the river we all love so much.

The Enjoy Protect Respect movement is a call to set a higher standard for behavior on the Deschutes. Let’s work together to promote a safe, responsible, and fun river experience that our community can enjoy for many years to come. It is our river, let’s keep it natural. Together as a community we can enjoy, protect, and respect the Deschutes River. Active engagement in river stewardship and respectful floating behavior – to other floaters and the river itself – are at the core of long-term river conservation and protection.

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