Whether you want a super-stable kayak for two, or a sleek kayak to race up and down the river, we have the best selection of kayak rentals in Bend Oregon. And we’re right on the Deschutes, which means you can be out on the water in a matter of minutes enjoying the popular stretch of river through the Old Mill District.
We rent the same boats we sell: these are the best boats on the market by brands we believe in: Perception, Wilderness Systems, Necky, Hurricane, Eddyline and Hobie.
There are dozens of epic locations around Bend to explore by boat, and we have a number of great guides to local lakes and rivers to get you started.
We’ll be happy to help you get your boats on your vehicle with foam pads and cam straps if it is large enough to transport boats and if you have a roof rack with crossbars. If you’d prefer to stay closer to town, the stretch of river right behind our store and up river through the Old Mill is popular with visitors and locals alike. Below is a quick guide to some of Bend’s most popular paddling destinations. We have maps of the Cascade Lakes at the shop for free and a Deschutes Paddle Trail River Guide for $15.
Launch right behind Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe from our convenient dock and paddle upstream 1.5 miles to the Bill Healy Bridge and then float/paddle back down. From our dock make a sharp left and paddle hard through the eddyline. There is a whitewater park downstream, so please stay upstream of our dock. You’ll pass under a number of bridges and you’ll know it is time to turn around when you encounter your first riffles of whitewater past the fourth bridge.
From Bend, drive 7.9 miles on the Cascade Lakes Hwy (46), and then make a left on Hwy 41 after the Inn at the Seventh Mountain. Drive 2.6 miles to Forest Service Road 4120 and drive .5 miles to the end. Take a quick hike down river and view Dillon Falls, a Class V rapid. This will be a good reminder to paddle directly up stream after launching from the ramp. Paddle upriver a few miles and you’ll eventually hit the fast current from Benham Falls.
Bend’s quintessential paddle in the mountains. You may experience some dejavu: this epic location has made it into dozens of travel magazines. Drive 25 miles from Bend on the Cascade Lakes Highway. Look for signs for Sparks Lake on the left a few miles after passing Mount Bachelor. Make a day exploring this lake at your own pace and definitely bring a picnic.
If you’re looking for kayak rentals in Bend, Oregon, the staff at Tumalo Creek will get you out on the water as efficiently as possible. Leave the hassles to us, you’re on vacation!