Rental Self-Guided Tour Options

Rental self guided tour options Deschutes River

The Deschutes River Townie FloatThe Old Mill District PaddleDillon Falls to Benham Falls on the Upper DeschutesSparks Lake
 The Deschutes River Townie Float
Recommended rental craft: Paddleboard, kayak, inflatable kayak, river tube* and canoe

*only self-guided tour recommended for river tubes

Float the river right from Tumalo Creek. Park your car in our lot, rent your tubes and then walk under the Colorado Bridge and across the foot bridge to put in at McKay Park. From there you will float down to Drake Park and meet the shuttle. You can then ride all the way up to Riverbend Park and float back down to Tumalo Creek through the Old Mill District. Using the map below, you would start at B, float down to A, and ride the shuttle back up to C. From there you’d float back down to Tumalo Creek where you started. Please exit river right UPSTREAM OF THE WHITEWATER PARK. You will see signs to EXIT THE RIVER. You will see the big red mill building that is Tumalo Creek on the right.

The Old Mill District Paddle

Recommended rental craft: Paddleboard, kayak or canoe

Launch right behind the Tumalo Creek shop from our convenient dock and paddle your rental upstream 1.5 miles to the Bill Healy Bridge and then float back downstream. 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.

Dillon Falls to Benham Falls on the Upper Deschutes

Waterway: Deschutes River, seasonally swift water

Recommended rental craft: Paddleboard, kayak or canoe

Recommended map: The Deschutes Paddle Trail Guide

From Bend, drive 7.9 miles on the Cascade Lakes Hwy (46). Then turn 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 to the 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. At this point turn around and be sure to take out where you put-in downstream.

Sparks Lake

Waterway: flatwater

Recommended rental craft: Paddleboard*, kayak or canoe

*Paddleboards are especially fun on all the Cascade Lakes or slow-moving water in general, see more locations below

Recommended Map: Cascade Lakes Guide

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 of exploring this lake at your own pace and definitely bring a picnic.