Paddleboards, Kayaks, Canoes & Floating the River

Paddling on the Deschutes River

The Deschutes River is one of the most spectacular rivers in the region. A great way to enjoy it is from a canoe, kayak, paddleboard or float.

To keep your float enjoyable, it’s important to know where to go as well as some safety tips and regulations. A popular route to float the Deschutes River in Bend is from Farewell Bend Park to Drake Park through the Old Mill District. Please refer to the Bend Parks & Recreation District map and directions to Float the River safely this summer. Read the FAQ’s on the Bend Whitewater Park.

Deschutes River in Bend Oregon

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe carries the largest selection of kayaks, paddleboards and canoes in Central Oregon. We offer rentals, beginning and intermediate classes, kids programs, half- and full-day tours, and multi-day trips. Visit Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe for more information.

Basic Skills Stand Up Paddleboard Class
Want to try the world’s fastest growing water sport? We’ll start slow, going over tips and tricks to stand up on your board. Then we’ll practice the basic forward stroke and learn techniques to maneuver our boards on the river.

Basic Skills Kayak Class
In this introductory kayak class you will learn how to get in and out of your boat, proper paddling technique, and tips to get you comfortable out on the water.

Deschutes River Full and Half-Day Paddling Tours
Tour the upper Deschutes River past aspen groves, lava flows and rolling meadows.  Classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays spring-fall.

Kids Summer Camps
Get your kids outside this summer! Campers will learn to kayak, paddleboard, raft and sail in our Paddlesports Adventure Camps. For kids who are looking to make a splash, sign up for our all-levels Whitewater Kayak Camps. Paddlesports Adventure Camp runs June-August. Over four days campers will paddleboard, kayak, raft and sail. Ages 8-15. Whitewater Kayak Camp in July-August. Campers grouped by skill and comfort level. Ages 10-15.

Pickin’ & Paddlin’

Pickin’ & Paddlin’ is an all ages, family friendly combination of fun centered around kayak and canoe demos from 4-7pm along with music, food, libation, socializing and dancing until 9:30pm.

Wanderlust Tours

Wanderlust Tours offers numerous half-day guided tours showcasing Central Oregon. Choose the right outdoor adventure tour for you and your family in Bend and experience all that Central Oregon has to offer. For reservations and information visit Wanderlust Tours.

High Cascade Lakes Brews and Views Canoe Tours  Paddle the waters of a pristine mountain lake with a naturalist guide spending two hours on the water canoeing and then taking a break on the shore to taste various craft beers produced by Cascade Lakes Brewing Company.

Guided Kayak Tours  Experience the best of Oregon kayaking by paddling the glassy waters of Bend and Sunriver’s High Cascade Lakes. Guides will show you the hidden, tucked away spots on these mountain lakes spending over two hours on the water kayaking.

High Cascade Lakes Canoe Tours  Paddle the glassy waters of a spectacular mountain lake with a naturalist guide. Guides will show you tucked away spots you might not find on your own.

Starlight Canoe Tours  Revel under Central Oregon starry skies.  At night the remoteness of the Cascade Mountains punctuate the darkness providing nice illumination, particularly on a lake surface.

Moonlight Canoe Tours  Canoe by the moon’s light on shimmering water.  Experience canoeing by the light of the moon for the nights surrounding each full moon in the summer and fall.

Moonshine Canoe & Beer Tour  Paddle the Cascade Lakes and sip local beers under the night sky.  Start the adventure with a Deschutes Brewery beer on the shore of the lake.