Whitewater Kayaks

 

How To Buy Your Own Whitewater Kayak

Watch this short video for a quick introduction to whitewater kayaks and the kind of kayaks you might purchase depending on your whitewater kayaking goals.

 

Whitewater kayaking is an awesome way to explore the rivers and Tumalo Creek has the largest selection of play boats, freestyle kayaks, river running kayaks and creek boats in Central Oregon.

Whitewater kayaks are designed for paddling in turbulent, swift rapids, and can be used for anything from surfing waves to multi-day expeditions. Whitewater kayaks are smaller and rounder than flatwater kayaks. The shorter design allows for high maneuverability, and split-second changes in direction. Whitewater kayaks that are more round, end to end, or have what is called high rocker, are more capable of staying on top of the water and sliding over rocks and other obstacles. Read below about the different types of kayaks we carry here at Tumalo Creek. There are a multitude of variations and hybrids, but the categories below are a great place to start as you begin to define exactly what you are looking for in a boat. Warning: this sport is addictive and you may find yourself collecting kayaks for all the amazing places these boats can go.

 

River Running

This is a diverse kayak for boaters of all abil­i­ties, and is par­tic­u­larly rec­om­mended for those who are begin­ners to white­wa­ter. They track well, while still allow­ing for smooth carves and wave surf­ing. These are great for high vol­ume rivers, and pro­vide sta­bil­ity in rough water, with enough agility to play large river fea­tures. The length allows for more time to respond to cur­rents and the beveled side­wall on this boat also makes for easy rolling.

Here’s an example of a River Running Whitewater Kayak we carry here at the shop:

Jackson Zen

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Description from Jackson’s site:

The Zen is going to give a whole new generation of boaters the ability to experience attainments, enders, and the fast flowing whitewater kayaking that so many of us built our paddling lives on.  The speed of the Zen is already become that of legend. The Zen has proven itself as the kayak of choice for those looking for speed!

 

Creek Kayaks

This is a diverse kayak for boaters of all abil­i­ties, and is par­tic­u­larly rec­om­mended for those who are begin­ners to white­wa­ter. They track well, while still allow­ing for smooth carves and wave surf­ing. These are great for high vol­ume rivers, and pro­vide sta­bil­ity in rough water, with enough agility to play large river fea­tures. The length allows for more time to respond to cur­rents and the beveled side­wall on this boat also makes for easy rolling.

Here’s an example of a Creek Kayak we carry here in the shop:

Pyranha Burn

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From Pyranha’s Website:

The Burns carving rails give a precise and controlled feel, letting you drive around the river easily and the flat hull lets you surf and ferry with style.

Performance focused design makes the Burn exactly what you need for having pinpoint accuracy and boofing down rivers like a Pro.

If you like to make every little micro eddy and work the river and enjoy a stylish and technical run then the Burn is probably the one for you.

Playboats

This is a diverse kayak for boaters of all abil­i­ties, and is par­tic­u­larly rec­om­mended for those who are begin­ners to white­wa­ter. They track well, while still allow­ing for smooth carves and wave surf­ing. These are great for high vol­ume rivers, and pro­vide sta­bil­ity in rough water, with enough agility to play large river fea­tures. The length allows for more time to respond to cur­rents and the beveled side­wall on this boat also makes for easy rolling.

Here’s an example of a Playboat we carry here at the shop:

Jackson Fun
Jackson Fun

Description from Jackson’s website:
This whitewater kayak started off with great genealogy, and got a lot of extras in the evolution process. The basis is a super comfortable, stable easy to paddle whitewater kayak, with lots of great playboating features neatly designed into it. Starting off with an incredible hull that combines stability, speed, looseness, and good river running, plus the sidewall, deck package that provides a wonderfully balanced vertical move boat, for squirting, cartwheels, loops, and all of the hard moves too. Ample footroom, and leg room are designed in for all day whitewater kayaking.

 

More about Whitewater Kayaking in Central Oregon:

Central Oregon may not have the quantity of rivers as the Columbia River Gorge however, we have something the Gorge can’t beat. Bend, Oregon has year round boating from class II-V no more than 20 minutes from town.

Because of our unique flow regime we are never out of water. Wickiup Reservoir releases water for irrigation throughout the summer, keeping everything in the Upper Deschutes, above town  juicy with flows between 1,700 – 2,100 cfs. When the irrigation season ends, water no longer needs to be diverted allowing for 400 – 1,200 cfs to remain in the Middle Deschutes, below town.

River House, the class IV section below town, is Bend’s classic winter run and can be done in only a couple of hours from door to door. As the River House season starts to taper off in the spring, Meadow Camp, the class IV+/V- section above town starts to rise exiting local paddlers who often do three laps or more after work. The Meadow Camp Run offers some of the best big, fluffy, fast, boulder garden/pool-drop, class IV around. If you’re a fast paddler you can complete this run in under 20 minutes, continue to float through the old mill district, and take out at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, where local paddlers can often be found BBQ-ing and talking shop on the back deck.

If class IV is not your thing, no problem. The Metolius River, class II-III, approximately 45 minutes from Bend, is spring fed allowing for incredibly stable flows  year round in some of the most beautiful wilderness the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you are looking to push your limits, Central Oregon has something for you too. The Deschutes River above Bend contains Dillion, Lava, and Benham Falls, all class V-V+ runs great for the expert paddler.

Needless to say, Central Oregon is guaranteed to have something for all experience levels, all year round.

Interested in viewing some of Central Oregon’s whitewater? Check out our Vimeo Page containing some of the best paddling in the area.