Full Immersion Whitewater Kayaking Weekend


Full Immersion Whitewater Kayaking Weekend

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Full Immersion Whitewater Kayaking Weekend with Tumalo Creek! The Full Immersion Kayaking Weekend is a two and a half day introductory progression series to whitewater and a great launching point for the aspiring life-long kayaker. Participants will learn safety techniques, basic paddle strokes, how to read swift water and avoid hazards and boat control while enjoying the company and encouragement of other novice course mates and expert Tumalo Creek guides. Full Immersion is suggested as a course for visitors and locals looking to challenge themselves and gain advanced whitewater skills.

Tumalo Creek guides are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified and have been guiding on the Deschutes and Mckenzie for decades.

Note: Please call the shop directly for reservations occurring 24 hours or less from class start date, 541.317.9407. Minimum enrollment needs can periodically result in course rescheduling.

Where: Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe pool, the Deschutes and Mckenzie Rivers, day 1 meet at 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend OR 97702.

What (Day 1): The course begins at Tumalo Creek Friday evening from 5:30-8 p.m. in the pool behind the shop. We will discuss boats, proper fit, spray skirts, paddles, helmets and safety equipment and be introduced to basic paddle strokes and essential safety techniques.

What (Day 2): On Saturday, from 9-4pm, the class will move onto the gentle rapids of the Deschutes River where boat control and critical paddle skills will be introduced. Boaters will also begin to develop a knowledge of how to “read” moving water and how to identify and safely negotiate river features like rocks, wood and rapids.

What (Day 3): On Sunday, from 9-6pm, the class will transfer their developing skills to a white water river running a Class II+ section on the McKenzie River near Blue River, Oregon.

Cost: $245 for a 2 and 1/2 day course including rental gear

Dates: Spring, summer and fall, alternating weekends, Friday-Sunday.

Tumalo Creek provides:

All kayaking gear

Participant provides:

  • warm, quick-drying underlayers, with dry tops, dry or wetsuits
  • wetsuit booties, or river shoes with wool socks
  • sunglasses with Croakies or Chums
  • sunscreen and lip balm
  • synthetic insulating layers
  • swimsuit
  • water bottle
  • towel and change of clothes for after class
  • high energy snacks and Lunch

* Dry or wet suits can be borrow from the shop with advanced notice. Even in warmer weather, dry tops are recommended as the temperature of the river can be forty degrees or less.

Gear required for this trip is available for purchase at Tumalo Creek and other local retailers.

The Deschutes River

The Deschutes River is historically one of the most stable terrestrial water systems in the nation. Because of it’s steady flow, the Deschutes has served as a thoroughfare and consistent resource source for flora, fauna and humans a like. Chinook, Northern Piute, fur trappers, early pioneers and many other peoples first called the river flowing north at the base of the East Cascades Towornehiooks and then Rivière des Chutes, meaning ‘river of the falls’ in French.  

Flowing from Little Lava Lake in the Cascade Lakes above Crane Prairie Reservoir, The Deschutes winds its way north through several iconic stretches before outletting into The Columbia River, the topographic feature demarcating the border for much of Oregon and Washington.

Though the channel has been re-located by basaltic lava flows numerous times over the last 80,000 years, a diversity of riparian habitats from dry and arid to lush and green spatter the banks of The Deschutes. These ecosystems house a variety of species easily seen from paddlecrafts during tours. Oregon Spotted Frogs, Blue Herring, the Red Winged Blackbird, Trout, timber tigers (chip-monks), muscrats, beavers, river otters, deer and many other distinct types of bird and fish.

Tumalo Creek provides tours and self-guided rental opportunities for many of these scenic and historic sections. Wickiup Reservoir and river stretches 9 miles south can be paddled via The Upper Deschutes River Kayak Tour, and downstream, south of Benham and Dillon Falls, Slough Camp can be paddled via the Half-Day Deschutes River Kayak Tour. Farewell Bend Park and river stretches through The Old Mill District to the new Whitewater Park are paddled during Tumalo Creek’s Basics Skills (kayak or paddleboard course) or self-guided during a float tube trip. Further down river, Drake Park and Mirror Pond can also be visited via a float tube, kayak or paddleboard rental.

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