Know before you flow. How to float the Deschutes like a pro.

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Looking to float down our neighborhood river and refresh your spirits on these hot summer days? We’ve got all the goods you need to know before you to dip your toes (in water shoes, of course!) into our flowing waters.

At 805 SW Industrial Way, just a paddle’s throw from where the mills once buzzed, you’ll find Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. This isn’t just any paddle shop; it’s Central Oregon’s premier spot to rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes year-round. Weather permitting, they also offer float tubes for your water adventures. Planning ahead? They love that about you! Advanced reservations are a click away on Tumalo Creek’s website.

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe make it easy for you to float the river by offering three different tube rental locations during the summer – Headquarters 805 SW Industrial Way, Park and Float 1000 Bradbury or Riverbend Park 799 SW Columbia. At the Park and Float you can rent tubes for the whole family and reserve a shuttle bus ride back to your car all in one easy and convenient stop! More important info:

  • Tube rentals run between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The last Drake Park pickup is at 7 p.m.
  • Cost is $24 which includes tube rental, shuttle and $1 goes to river restoration via the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council.
  • Changing rooms and restrooms are available at the Park & Float.
  • Fully stocked retail store on location for everything you will need to float the river, including reef-safe sunscreen, dry bags and footwear.

A large group of folks on tubes floating through the Old Mill District on a sunny day in Bend, OR

Now, let’s chat about safety—because everyone wants to keep splashing another day. Tumalo Creek gives a comprehensive  safety talk covering everything from river stewardship to navigating the currents. And those currents! Should you find the short whitewater section under the Colorado Ave. Bridge a tad daunting, don’t fret! There’s a handy spot to disembark and stroll past the rapids.

A couple of friendly reminders: Paws and claws? Best left on dry land, as their rental tubes aren’t doggy-friendly. Thinking of toasting on the river? Save the libations for dry land, folks—let’s keep it legal and safe. Speaking of safe, PFDs are available on request, at no extra charge. Trust me, they’re more than just a fashion statement.

Footwear-wise, those water shoes will save your soles from the river’s rocky surprises, and don’t forget to dress your skin with sun shirts, hats, and sunscreen—all available for purchase at the Park and Float, just in case you left home without them.

Securing your gear is a must—because no one wants to fish for their phone mid-float, right? Plus, we must keep our beloved river pristine.

Kayakers paddling up the Deschutes towards the Old Mill District with the smoke stacks on the horizon.

With an estimated 250,000 of you boaters, paddlers, floaters, and swimmers enjoying the Deschutes each year, our collective effort to cherish this resource is what keeps it special. That’s where the Enjoy Protect Respect movement comes into play. It’s more than just words; we pledge to uphold the highest standards of river etiquette.

So, what do you say? Ready to join in the fun and be a steward of the Deschutes? Remember, it’s our river, and together, we make it the treasure it is. Whether you’re here to float, paddle, or simply soak up the sun, let’s make every river day count, filled with respect, protection, and endless enjoyment.