How to Float the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon
Bend Park & Float is River Center for Your Water Adventures
If you’ve enjoyed a day floating on the Deschutes River in past years, there’s a new hub of activity in the heart of Bend at the Old Mill District area. Bend Park & Float, located west of The Pavilion on Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, offers everything you need to make your day on the river fun and easy. There is parking, snacks, lawn activities, and more.
River Tubes, SUP Boards, Kayaks, Surf and Boogie Board Rentals
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe will be at Bend Park & Float, offering rental of durable river tubes and complimentary life jackets for children and adults. You can also rent a surfboard or boogie board. Stand-up paddle boards and kayaks can be rented at Riverbend Park as well as more complementary life jackets for use by anyone – renter or not.
River Floating Options
Several river recreation options are possible from Bend Park & Float. Choose a two-hour float from Riverbend Park to Drake Park or a one-hour float from either Riverbend Park or McKay Park. For Bend Whitewater Park rapids and fun, Bend Park & Float is only a block away. It’s the perfect centrally located parking option for your river adventure.
This summer, river recreation is going green! Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe is launching a Citizen Stewardship Green Tube initiative to take care of the Deschutes River. A complimentary tube rental* will be offered in exchange for floating with a special green tube and utilizing a rubbish collection kit. *One per group. Learn more at www.tumalocreek.com.
Get Shuttled or Grab a Bike
The Ride the River shuttle begins and ends at Bend Park & Float with stops at Riverbend Park and Drake Park. And there is bike parking and a Zagster bike share on site if you want to skip a vehicle completely.
The Surf’s Up in Bend
The Bend Whitewater Park is a must-see attraction for river floaters or more experienced kayakers and river surfers. Whether participating or spectating from the footbridge, the Bend Whitewater Park is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and built on the location of a former dam once used for mill operations. Find maps, shuttle information and details at BendWhiteWaterPark.com.
Bend Park & Float services will be available mid-June through Monday, Sept. 3 and are weather-dependent. In early season, call Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe at (541) 317-9407 to check if the rental trailer is open.