Tumalo Creek Sundowner Night is an introductory opportunity to paddleboarding, the fastest growing water sport in the nation. For just $25 you will be provided a paddleboard, PFD and paddle for 90 minutes on the beautiful Deschutes river. Our Sundowner Night is designed to introduce new paddlers, ages 16+ to the sport and provide an engaging and affordable way to enjoy the river.
As a key location in the evolution of modern paddleboarding, giving the sport a shot in Bend on the Deschutes River is a classic choice. For more on the history of paddleboarding in Bend, see Krystal Marie Collins, Tumalo Creek Marketing Directors published article, From Ocean to Inland: How Surf found its way to the High Desert.
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: Meet at 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend OR 97702
What: Tumalo Creek’s adventurous paddleboard guides will lead the way up river through Bend’s iconic Old Mill. You’ll get a workout while socializing passing under bridges and by native riparian flora and fauna. On the way back, the river’s gentle current will shepherd you back. Once re-docked, enjoy a complimentary beverage and sunset on our back lawn. Though this is not a traditional class guides are happy to give pointers when requested during the tour. For full instruction, take Tumalo Creek’s Basic Skills Standup Paddleboarding Class.
Dates: Summer, Monday nights, 6-8pm
Tumalo Creek provides:
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.