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 are tube and raft rentals, parking, snacks, lawn activities, and more.
Here’s the rundown for the Bend Park & Float station for summer 2019:
- 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.
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.
Float the Deschutes River the Right Way
With an estimated 250,00 boaters, paddlers, floaters and swimmers using the Deschutes River every year, it’s imperative we all do our part to protect the river we all love so much.
- 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
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.