Kids Whitewater Kayaking Camp

Kids Whitewater Kayaking Camp


Who: Kids ages 10-15

When: July 3-6, July 31- August 3, 8-4pm

Cost: $395, 4 day camp

Where: Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend OR 97702, the Deschutes River and the Cascade Lakes.


This all-levels camp is designed to introduce kids to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking!

We’ll emphasize both safety and fun as we introduce campers to moving water. Paddlers will gain confidence and awareness as they get ready for a lifetime of paddling the rivers of the great Northwest.

Sessions start off slow in our warm outdoor pool. Our instructors will fit kayakers to their boats and introduce them to wet exits, where they will learn to become comfortable upside down in the water and safely exit their boats. After everyone is fitted and at ease in their kayaks, we’ll head up to Elk Lake and play in the crystal clear waters of one of Central Oregon’s most picturesque alpine lakes.

Next we’ll take to the river and practice our strokes and learn about currents in the gentle moving stretch of the Deschutes by the Old Mill. Then it’s time for a field trip! If the group feels ready, we’ll spend the last day of camp out on a river with some real whitewater while we get comfortable in Class II rapids.

This camp is a great foundation for future Tumalo Creek Whitewater Program offerings

Note: Camper’s skill level and comfort will be assessed on day one. Campers will be grouped based on this assessment to accommodate for all skill levels.

All Tumalo Creek lead instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA). We have a low student-to-instructor ratio to provide lots of individual attention and our goal is to give paddlers a sense of personal accomplishment in an exciting, safe and fun atmosphere.

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.

Equipment List

  • Lunch
  • Lots of healthy, high-energy snacks
  • Quick-drying clothes like board shorts and a rash guard
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Fleece

Notes on what to bring:

Kids should bring their own lunch and lots of healthy, high-energy snacks. Please dress your child in quick-drying clothes and sturdy river shoes or sandals. Surf-type clothing is ideal, ie. board shorts and a rash guard. They will be getting a little wet and exposed to the sun and wind throughout the day.

Please make sure your child brings a backpack with at least one change of clothes, a towel and insulating fleece. A bathing suit and synthetic t-shirt also works. Please check the weather frequently and come prepared.

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

Related Courses

Kids After School Paddling Camp

Kids Whitewater Kayaking Camp (June-August)