Owner and operator Geoff Frank moved to Bend in 2000 to open the shop as manager under the name Alder Creek. His first employee was John Hise, who now runs the Sunriver branch, and the operation stayed relatively small for a few years while they worked the first location on Century Drive. Geoff saw an opportunity when the Old Mill location at the Colorado Bridge went up for rent and moved Alder Creek there shortly after. In 2008, he became owner and renamed the store Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe in honor of one of the most scenic tributaries of the Deschutes River.
Today we are a thriving family business, supporting 40 employees in the summer months. We’re happy to provide a gathering place for Bend’s growing paddling community and, at any given time, the store is usually filled with friends, and lifelong customers sharing their stories about their adventures on the water.
We’ve been involved with the transformation of the Colorado Dam since the beginning, and have supported fundraising efforts for Bend Paddle Trail Alliance with our now famous Pickin’ & Paddlin’ music series that we host throughout the summer, drawing some of the region’s best bluegrass and American bands.
Whether you want to paddle the whitewater rivers of the Cascades or the calm high mountain lakes of Central Oregon, we have the boats and gear you need to get out and enjoy your time on the water. We are invested in helping you have the best experience possible out there, and we encourage all new paddlers to take our Basic Skills Kayaking or SUP class. After you learn your strokes and get comfortable, you may even decide to join us for our multi-day adventure around the San Juan Islands.
We’re located right on the river, upstream from the Bend Whitewater Park and downstream from the Old Mill. This means you can try everything before you buy it. It is also a perfect location for taking rentals on the beautiful stretch of river that runs through town.
We have the largest selection of boats, boards and gear in Central Oregon and stand behind everything we sell. We look forward to seeing you at the shop in the future and inviting you to join Bend’s thriving paddling community.
Cover photo by Malcolm Lowery. Photo below is of our first Paddlefest at McKay Park in 2000.