Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe is a locally owned business that has been the cornerstone of Central Oregon paddling for nineteen years. Now owner and operator Geoff Frank moved to Bend in 2000 to open Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe as manager under its former name, Alder Creek. His first employee was John Hise, who now runs the Sunriver branch. The operation stayed relatively small for a few years while at the stores original location on Century Drive, eventually growing and moving to the current location in the Old Mill. In 2008, Frank became owner and renamed the store Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, in honor of one of the most scenic tributaries of the Deschutes River.
Today, Tumalo Creek is a thriving family business, supporting 50-60 staff in the summer months. We’re happy to provide a gathering place for Bend’s thriving paddling community and, at any given time, the store is usually filled with friends, staff and lifelong customers sharing their stories about their adventures on the water.
Whether you want to paddle whitewater rivers or the calm high mountain lakes of the Cascades, Tumalo Creek has the largest selection of paddle gear in Central Oregon to get you outfitted and on the water. Retail, rentals, tours and classes for all ages are accessible from our two locations in Bend and Sunriver. We’re centrally located in the Old Mill, on the Deschutes River, adjacent to the Bend Whitewater Park. This means you can try boats and boards before you buy. It’s also perfect for boat rentals on the beautiful stretch of river that runs through town and our backyard.
We’ve been involved with the Colorado Street Dam’s transformation into the Bend Whitewater Park since the beginning. As founding partners of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the organization that has helped deliver the west coast’s first whitewater park to our community, through a partnership with Bend Park & Recreation District, Tumalo Creek helped raise $1.13 million private dollars to contribute to the project. The main source of financial and community support has been achieved through Tumalo Creek and Bend Paddle Trail Alliances local cult classic music series, Pickin’ & Paddlin’. Look for concert dates in June and August and expect to see some of the region’s best bluegrass and Americana bands at this family friendly event!
Dedicated to river restoration and preserving our area’s incredible natural environment for future generations, Tumalo Creek regularly contributes to area schools. Conservation organizations Tumalo Creek partners with through sponsorship and donating include Oregon Natural Desert Association, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Deschutes River Conservancy and The Environmental Center.
We know you have many choices, but by supporting Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe you are also supporting the paddle community, outdoor recreation, the protection of our natural environment and our investment in future generations.