It’s the desert in the summer and man, it’s HOT. Floating the river is a convenient and relaxing way to beat the heat and enjoy the refreshing glacial waters of the Deschutes River.
Here at Tumalo Creek, we’ll make the whole thing real easy. Drop off your car, secure your belongings in a dry bag or two, and begin your floating adventure at McKay Park. It’s across the river from us, but don’t worry, we’ll give you directions.
After a short section of water passing by some beautiful riverside houses, the river empties out into Mirror Pond, where floaters can make their way to the beach and wait for the Bend Area Transit (BAT) bus to take them back to Riverbend Park. Some floaters take this trip many times in a single day!
The bus is run by BAT on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and costs $2.50, and it is run by a private company Monday - Thursday who charges $3.00.
Take the bus from Mirror Pond to Riverbend Park and enjoy a pleasant float back down to the shop. Here you can exit the river and start your float all over again.
FLOATERS TAKE CAUTION: There is a dangerous dam just down stream from Tumalo Creek that floaters must portage around. Either make your way to the dock at Tumalo Creek or exit to the left of the river. YOU MUST EXIT THE RIVER. Learn more about the dam here.
Tumalo Creek rents high-quality NRS tubes at $10 an hour or $20 for the whole day.