You’ve floated this corridor many times on a tube, now experience paddling at dusk on the familiar urban Deschutes River stretch, behind Tumalo Creek (Bend store location). Look for beaver, otter and other creature by the light of the moon. Paddle up river to Riverbend Park and beyond with knowledgable tour guides well versed in Old Mill District interpretation, legend and lore! This is a must do evening adventure in Bend.
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: Urban Deschutes River Corridor, Bend, Oregon. Meet at 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend OR 97702
What: After meeting at the shop and gearing up, we’ll put on the river behind the shop!
Dates: Monthly on the Full Moon, 8-11pm, June 17, July 16 and August 15.
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.