The half-day trip on the Upper Deschutes is only 20 minutes from Bend, making it the perfect mini-adventure!

The half-day trip on the Upper Deschutes is the perfect mini-adventure for visitors who still want to fit another activity into their day. This flatwater section of the Deschutes, lying between Benham and Dillion Falls, provides an excellent escape for those seeking a casual paddling outing. Paddlers will encounter formations created by lava flows that surged down from Paulina Peak during its period of volcanic activity. On this trip we will have the opportunity to explore aspen groves and mountain views.

Although a casual outing, do expect to enjoy some upstream paddling as this is an "out and back" trip.

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Transportation
  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Guide

Participant Provides

  • Sneakers, River Shoes or wetsuit booties
  • Sunglasses with Craokies or Chums
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sun hat, rain hat or fleece hat
  • Synthetic top and bottom (i.e. long underwear)
  • Raincoat and rainpant
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Towel and change of clothing

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

Meeting Location

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe 805 SW Industrial Way Suite 6 Bend OR 97702


Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe Programs Cancellation Policies

One Day Lessons/Tours: 24 hours prior to departure date required for cancellations or date changes. No Shows, cancellations or date changes for any reason inside the 24 hour period will be subject to forfeiture of all fees.

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe (TCKC) Initiated Cancellation Disclaimer: Applies to all one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events. TCKC reserves the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events within 24 hours of 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 TCKC’s control.


If you want a longer experience and lunch, please consider our full day Upper Deschutes Tour. You may also be interested in taking our Basic Skills Kayaking or Paddleboarding classes. See all of our programs by visiting


What should I wear out on the River?

We recommend wearing clothes and shoes that you are ok getting wet. Moisture wicking fabrics are best as they dry quickly. Avoid cotton clothing as it takes a long time to dry and can keep you cold.

Do you provide life jackets?

We do provide life jackets at no additional cost for all of our rentals, tours and classes. We have a variety of sizes to fit many body types.

Are there rapids?

Unless a trip is a whitewater specific trip you will not have to go through any rapids.

Do you provide lunch?

We do provide a sack lunch for all of our full day tours. You can choose your sandwich preference at the same time you make your reservation, vegetarian options are available.

Are dogs allowed on tours?

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on any of our tours or classes.

Can we do a custom trip?

We can do custom trips and tours. These can be contingent upon availability of our guides and vehicles. Please email [email protected] for more information and pricing.