Join us for a three-day, raft-supported whitewater kayaking camp. This opportunity is perfect for those who have completed our summer progression courses!

Are you eager to refine your paddling skills and still need to gain more on water experience? Becoming a seasoned whitewater kayaker can be challenging, as it demands experienced partners, specialized equipment, and a significant amount of time and practice. Fortunately, we offer all of these elements and more on our three-day, raft-supported Lower Deschutes whitewater camp.

This camp is designed for "intermediate" paddlers who already possess fundamental whitewater knowledge and the ability to roll. It's an excellent way to conclude the season for those who have completed our summer progression and seek additional experience. Consequently, instruction will be tailored to individual needs, with guidance provided when opportune moments arise. The majority of the camp will be dedicated to active paddling and river running, with relaxing interludes in camp.

Summer Progression:

- Full Immersion Whitewater Kayaking Weekend
- Intermediate Whitewater Weekend
- Roll and practice sessions

The camp includes light instruction, paddling equipment (if needed), and all meals. Our skilled instructors are not only accomplished paddlers but also talented cooks. Throughout the trip, we'll ensure your well-being both on and off the water.

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Transportation
  • kayak and raft equipment
  • All food and non alcoholic beverages
  • Instruction and entertainment

Participant Provides

  • Paddling Attire
  • In camp cloths and shoes
  • Personal camping equipment
  • Water bottle
  • Sun protection
  • Large drybag (big enough to fit personal items)
  • Kayakin equipment (if you have your own)

Gear required for this trip is available for purchase at our shop.

Meeting Location

Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6 Bend, or 97756


Tumalo Creek Deposits and Cancellation Policies:

San Juan Islands Tours and Lower Deschutes Whitewater Camps: 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon booking. 60 days prior to departure the remaining balance is due in full. No Shows, cancellations or date changes for any reason inside the 60 day period will be subject to forfeiture of all fees and/or deposits.

Tumalo Creek (TC) Initiated Cancellation Disclaimer: Applies to all one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events. TC reserves the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events within 24 hours of the scheduled date. Circumstances include but are not limited to low enrollment, weather (ex. thunderstorms/lightning), natural disasters (ex. forest fires) and events or circumstances beyond TC’s control.


Although this course is intended for paddlers seeking refinement and practical experience, we aim to share the river life with everyone! Non paddling family members or friends are welcome on this outing too. If you have someone you want to share the experience with, let us know. Multi day raft trips our one of our favorite activities and trust me, even if you're not receiving instruction, there is still plenty of entertainment and a seat on the raft.


Can I bring my own gear?

If you have your own gear and or boat you are more than welcome to bring your gear to the classes. It is always good to practice in the same equipment you will use after the class.

Can kids come to these lessons?

We have a strict age requirement of 15 for standard lessons. If you have a child younger than 15 please check out our offerings for Tumalo Kids or email [email protected] to get information on private classes.

Do I have to get on the water?

If you are taking a class we do require you to come out on the water and practice the techniques we are covering. Though we start on land most of our instruction is on the water so students can try the new skill in real time.

Do I have to participate in the self rescue?

It is entirely optional but highly recommended that you try your hand at a self rescue during class. Practice makes perfect and what better way to practice than by having a certified instructor right there with you.

Will I fall in?

It is entirely possible that you will fall in the water. We will always suit you up with all of the necessary safety gear for the discipline you are participating in, and our certified instructors are well versed in water rescues. But still, be prepared to swim.