May 3, 2012: An Evening About Salmon Recovery in Northwest· Running the Gauntlet, Film· Reading and Discussion with Steve Hawley, Author of Recovering A Lost RiverLearn about salmon recovery in the Northwest. The presenters will show the recently-released film Running the Gauntlet, which portrays the vital role of salmon in the lives of people, animals and a healthy ecosystem. This acclaimed documentary explores how human activity and dams affect salmon survival, and takes a critical look at the effectiveness of efforts to restore collapsing salmon runs. After the film, author Steven Hawley will read from his book, Recovering a Lost River, which touches on themes from the film. Hawley will answer questions and engage the audience in a discussion about salmon and dams.6 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend.Doors open at 5pm.Admission: Free.Presented by: The High Desert Museum.
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On May 4, 5 and 6, 2012, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe will hold its Annual Spring Paddle Fest. The festivities begin on Friday afternoon with free two-hour kayaking lessons beginning at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the back lawn at Tumalo Creek. On Saturday, the party starts at 1…0 a.m. in Riverbend Park. Join the Tumalo Creek crew as well as boating representatives from major kayak, canoe and paddleboard companies, and demo the latest models of the best human-powered watercraft on the market. Both reps and staff will be on hand to answer questions and get new boaters safely and comfortably out on the water.
New this year, Tumalo Creek will be partnering with Lay It Out Events, who will be holding the 24th annual Salmon 5K and 10K Run/Walk and Little Fry Run. The race benefits the Central Oregon Environmental Center. The race will end at Riverbend Park during the festival, and participants are encourage to join the paddling festivities after they finish the race.
On Sunday, the festival moves back to the lawn behind Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe where experts will again teach free two-hour basic skills kayak clinics all day starting at 10 a.m. Please call the shop to make reservations, as classes always fill up. 541.317.9407
This is the perfect opportunity for those new to paddling who would like to learn the basics and find a boat that is just the right fit. The demo day is also a great option for advanced paddlers who are looking to upgrade, but would like to gain a hands-on knowledge of what is available before investing in a new boat.
Attendees will receive a coupon towards 10% off one non-sale boat, and 15% off one non-sale accessory through May 11, 2012.
For more information contact, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe at 541.317.9407 or 411@tumalocreek.
We’re grateful to add this film festival to the Riverhouse Rendezvous weekend of activites! This awesome event takes place at the Tower Theatre on March 31, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. $12 Advance or $15 at the door.
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting the world’s best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayaking fishing action and lifestyle films of the year on 100s of screens throughout the world. Expect to see the stand-up paddle surfing, whitewater action, remote sea kayaking tours, motivational documentaries and hilarious short films.
4th Annual Riverhouse Rendezvous Slalom No. 3 will take place on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Deschutes River behind the Riverhouse Convention Center and Hotel in north Bend. Throughout the day, paddlers divided by age group, type of boat and gender will test their skills and endurance on the quarter-mile whitewater course.
If folks would like to volunteer, we’ll be setting the gates at Friday starting at 10 a.m. Come down for as much or as little as you can. As a tradition, we like to paddle the gates throughout the day, as well as making as many Riverhouse Runs as possible. Get as many runs in as you can before it stops running for the season. Friday afternoon and Saturday the course will be open and the Tumalo Creek vans will be running shuttle for the Riverhouse run (This starts at the Riverhouse and takes out near Tumalo State Park.) We will also be (tentatively) hosting the Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Tower Theatre on Saturday night to raise money and awareness for the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance.
The Press Release:
Central Oregon is a place where the mountain snow is transformed into gushing whitewater play parks every spring – is known world-wide as a great destination for the whitewater kayaker, and slalom racing has been a part of this tradition in Bend since the 70s.
Three years ago, kayak enthusiasts Bert Hinkley (Pacific Northwest representative of the National Whitewater Slalom Committee), and Geoff Frank (owner, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe) worked together to revive the Riverhouse Rendezvous whitewater kayak slalom race, that time in it’s fourth re-incarnation. Drawing top paddlers from Oregon and Washington, the race is part of the Northwest Cup slalom paddle series and is a Junior Olympic qualifier.
“Paddlers don’t have to be highly skilled racers to participate,” said Hinkley. “Slalom is a great way to hone river running technique. The friendly competition can provide an opportunity to challenge friends and see who can be fast, clean, and precise in the gates using the flow of the water.”
Whitewater slalom kayaking as been a sport since the 1940s, when Swiss alpine skiers embraced the runoff from the mountains to race the rivers on their off-season. Today, this spectator-friendly sport is known to test not only the physical skill of paddlers, but their knowledge of the river and their ability to use currents and river features to their advantage.
“The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers is grateful to the Riverhouse Resort for their generous support,” Hinkley said. “The river provides the technical challenge and the Resort allows us to the chance to test our skills.”
Course set up will start on Friday night and we are always looking for volunteers. Competitors are welcome to run the course on Saturday.
For more details past events, please see this excellent article by The Bend Bulletin’s former sports reporter, Katie Brauns:
Or watch the video below by Joe Hite of Hellfish.
Pickin’ & Paddlin’
A Fundraiser for the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance in Bend, OR
By Laurel Brauns
There are few places in the country that can boast such a tight-knit and bountiful paddling community as the one that is bursting at the seams in Bend, Oregon. Drive through Bend on a summer evening, and most folks will have a boat of some sort tied to their roof–or hanging from their trailer–waiting for the sun to rise so they can get out on the rivers or lakes of the Cascades.
Thrill seekers will run Meadow Camp (a Class IV whitewater paddle) at least two or three times a week, plunging through the glacial run-off of the Deschutes River as it descends through the Cascade Mountains.
Those that are out there for scenery and exercise pride them selves on daily treks up to the Cascade Lakes – an incomparable series of alpine lakes that could keep a flatwater paddler happy for a lifetime.
Both of these communities mix in harmony and revelry during the summer at the monthly Pickin’ & Paddlin’ Music Series and Demo Day, hosted by Bend’s largest paddle shop, Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. Located on the banks of the Deschutes River, this store (and Pickin’ & Paddlin’), have become a gathering place for both flatwater and whitewater enthusiasts alike.
Take a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard out for a test paddle on the Deschutes River through the Old Mill District, and you’ll be in good company on a hot summer afternoon—thousands of tubers and boaters navigate this stretch of river everyday in the height of summer. (The is the “Paddlin’” half of Pickin’ & Paddlin.’)
After the boats get put away, the kegs get tapped, and micro-brews are poured from some of the best breweries in the United States… that happen to be just across the river from the shop.
So let the Pickin’ begin! As the sun begins to descend behind the Cascade Mountains in the distance, some of Central Oregon’s best bluegrass bands take the stage, entertaining the jubilant crowd long into the night.
But beneath the music, revelry and partying, there is a dark undercurrent, a solemness that cuts through the crowd when Tumalo Creek’s owner and manager Geoff Frank steps up to the microphone half-way through the night. Frank recounts the story of the time he pulled a 70-year-old women from out of the rock pilings of the Colorado Dam, a mill-era spill way just yards downstream from the party. Her grandchildren and husband had gone through the spillway, but she was pinned underwater on one of the I-Beams and was unconscious from a head injury when Frank first found her limp arm under the rapids. After what seemed like minutes of struggling to pull her out by her arm, the woman came to, and with the help of a friend, Frank was able to bear hug her out of the water.
While that story and many others had happy endings (dozens of tubers have swum through the spillway), the very next day after he rescued the 70-year-old women, Frank’s phone rang. The staff at the shop was calling to tell him the news of someone who had not been so lucky. A young Japanese woman was not able to read the signs directing her to exit the river. Her foot became entrapped and she drowned in the strong currents.
Frank then tells the crowd that Pickin’ & Paddlin is a fundraiser for the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the organization that is working towards creating a whitewater play park in place of the dangerous dam that was built in 1915. The dam was originally built to store logs for the Shevlin-Hixon and Brooks-Scanlon mills; today it is a dangerous hazard that has caused injury and death to a number of unsuspecting floaters on the Deschutes River.
The BPTA is working closely with Bend Parks and Rec and the Old Mill District to make the whitewater recreation area a reality—to be enjoyed by tubers, whitewater kayakers and stand up paddleboarders alike. Successful parks in other communities such as Missoula, Montana and Cascade, Idaho have brought millions of visitor dollars into their economies.
As engineering studies and designers work towards creating a plan for the park, the Pickin’ & Paddlin’ series has provided a tremendous show of community support for the project, something that will help win grants in the future. Just last summer, the organization brought in $10,000 in donations through the event and got hundreds of new paddlers out on the water as part of the boat demo portion of the evening.
The series has become a phenomenon with a life of it’s own—a party that everyone in town is invited to. For many, it’s one of the highlights of the summer.
Next time you’re in Bend, Oregon, come down to Pickin’ and Paddlin’ the last Wednesday of every month in the summer. After taking out a few boats for a test paddle, pick up one of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance pint glasses, fill ‘er up with a cold one, and kick off your shoes. You’ll have an unforgettable evening supporting a great cause.
We’re psyched to be partnering with the Oregon Natural Desert Association to help bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Bend this September 22 at McMenamins OSF.
Come into the shop to get your tickets ($10) or buy them online through ONDA’s website.
Why come to the festival?
The film screening will feature independent films not readily accessible to the public. Each piece has beautiful cinematography, and interesting stories to inspire the activist within us all.
Check out a couple of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival movie trailers here:
Walking the Line: A world-class thru-hiker follows 500 miles of transmission line through the west’s most remote landscapes to promote renewable energy.
The Greatest Migration: Snake River salmon travel 900 miles and climb 7,000 feet to reach their spawning grounds, but dams along their journey block their migration and may eventually cause their extinction.
This event is also an awareness raiser and membership drive for ONDA. Many Central Oregonians are not aware of all the work that ONDA does to protect rivers and designate waterways throughout Oregon’s Outback as Wild & Scenic Rivers. Become an ONDA member as part of this event, and for $20 you’ll get a membership, and a ticket to the festival. You’ll also get the Wild Desert calendar, a water bottle and entry into the new-member drawing. Sounds like a good deal!
Rumors of an Indian Summer in Bend, Oregon are confirmed!
Buy a boat now and enjoy the beautiful weather while you can...
On Labor Day Weekend, September 3, 4, and 5, 2011, Tumalo we’ll host our Annual Scratch & Dent Sale out on the back lawn behind the shop. There will be plenty of brand-new boats and SUPs with slight imperfections available to buy at huge savings. Area kayak and canoe representatives will also have some boats for sale from their demo fleets.
|Our SUP collection will be included in the sale.|
This event is a precursor to Tumalo Creek’s Annual 10-Day Fall Sale, which begins the last weekend in September. Paddlers will have the opportunity to peruse some of the demo boats that will be released on September 24 and pick out the vessels they hope to buy at the end of the summer.
Tumalo Creek’s Labor Day Scratch & Dent Sale is three days only, so come down to the shop, try out a few boats, and plan to take one home. There is no better time of the year to buy a kayak or canoe.
Join us for a mid-day paddle Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September.
We hate to admit it, but the sun is going down earlier these days and instead of paddling in the dark, we decided to move our SUP series to mid-day. There is still huge demand for this great program.
Drop the kids off at school and head over to Tumalo Creek for our SUP Opera series, a two-hour paddle from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning September 6th and running through the month.
The deal is still $20 for a paddle, a board, pfd and light instruction.
15% off Ocean Kayak Peakaboo and Malibu Two’s
Explore the ocean floor from the comfort of your boat! The Peakaboo combines the fun of snorkeling with the ease of kayaking and is a great choice for those who are looking for something super stable to use to explore the rivers and lakes.
I took the Peakaboo for spin on the Lower Deschutes behind the shop and had a blast watching the forest of seaweed and small fish beneath me in the shallow sections.
Families will love the little jump seat for the kiddos – they can share in the fun of the Peakaboo too!
For the month of August, Tumalo Creek is offering the Peakaboo for 15% off.
Looking for an incredibly stable boat to pack your dog, your kid, and even another person? The Malibu Two fits the bill and is especially suited for folks looking for a lot of breathing room. Kids and dogs will love that they can jump off the side and easily climb back on and parents will love the extra storage space for fishing supplies and coolers.
Many of our customers who have this boat commented that it also works well with only one person in it, something that definitely cannot be said for all tandems. Some also mentioned they had taken her surfing at the coast!
For the month of August, Tumalo Creek is offering the Malibu Two for 15% off.
Join us out on the river this Saturday, August 13, 2011! This is an incredibly fun event that represents why we love living in Bend, and best of all it raises money for one of our favorite non-profits, the Deschutes River Conservancy.
We had a blast out on the river last year and got some hilarious photos of all the folks out racing with their dogs! Tumalo Creek proud to be the official safety boaters for race for the river.
Register online by following the links from http://www.deschutesriver.org/
Race categories include
Sanctioned Stand-Up Paddle Board Long and Short Courses
Canoe & Kayak
Rafts & Floaties
Open Swim with and without wetsuits
Race with your Dog Swim, Canoe & Kayak, Floaties and SUP categories include a Ruff Wear float coat!
Moon Mountain Ramblers will be performing from 12:30 – 2:30p
Deschutes Brewery will be pouring the Race for the River Summer Ale, specially brewed for the occasion
REI Bend is supplying all of the prizes
92.9 will be doing live remote starting at 9 a.m. and plan on being onsite throughout the day
Race participants save money and time with early registration
We have over 15 vendors participating in our vendor expo
Youth activities will be provided by Kiddoz Play Center