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Take a spin on a standup paddleboard in bend, oregon

In 2014, Outside magazine honored Bend as the world’s best SUP getaway. What’s SUP, doc? It’s shorthand for standup paddleboarding, and it’s the hottest way to scope out Bend’s lakes and rivers from a whole new perspective.

Born from an ancient Hawaiian sport, standup paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in Bend. Stroll along the Deschutes River near the Old Mill District and you’re sure to see someone gliding along, paddle in hand, dog on board, and big ol’ smile on face.

Want to give SUP a shot? You don’t need any prior experience, though a lesson doesn’t hurt. Check out the offerings from local outfitters like Tumalo Creek Kayak & CanoeSun Country Tours, Standup Paddle BendStand On Liquid,  and more. You’ll find a variety of options for private and group lessons that include all the gear you’ll need.

If you just want to go it on your own, check out our list of rental options below to grab all the gear you need for your own SUP outing. Once you’re hooked, they’ll hook you up with gear you can purchase for your very own.

If you’re looking to get your SUP legs on the Deschutes River, a good place to start is at Riverbend Park. Put your board in from the sandy shore and paddle upstream toward the Bill Healy Memorial Bridge. You can turn around there and let yourself drift slowly back to your starting point, or continue on past and paddle through the Old Mill District. Just make sure you’ve got the energy left to paddle back upstream, and watch for signs you’re approaching the dicey spillway at the Colorado Avenue Bridge.


If you’d rather paddle flatwater, you’ll find plenty of it in the lovely alpine lakes along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. The Elk Lake Marina rents standup paddleboards by the hour, as does the Cultus Lake Marina.

Feeling comfortable enough to take the challenge to the next level? Try an outing with Flow-Flow and learn to do yoga on your standup paddleboard. If you’ve brought your pooch along for vacation, check with your equipment rental company to make sure it’s OK to take Fido on the board. If they give their blessing, don’t forget to outfit him with a K-9 FloatCoat from Bend-based Ruffwear. Not only will it keep your pup safe and buoyant, the handle will help you haul him back on the board if he decides to go for a dip.

  • Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe| Bend's Premier SUP Shop

    805 SW Industrial Way, Ste 6, Bend, OR 97702
    Phone: 541.317.9407 Visit the Website
    Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe| Bend's Premier SUP Shop We’re right on the river! Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe is your locally owned and operated rental, retail, and education center located just down stream from the Old Mill District where Colorado Ave. crosses the river. Rent stand up paddle boards, tubes, kayaks, and canoes and put your vessel in the water right behind the store. Enjoy half or full day SUP tours of the pristine sections of the Upper Deschutes River. Take a SUP Lesson or enjoy a Sunset Social SUP for only $25 most weekday evenings.
    Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe| Bend's Premier SUP Shop
  • Stand On Liquid | Bend's Premier Stand Up Paddle Board Shop

    1320 SE Reed Market Rd, Bend, OR 97702
    Phone: 541.639.4596 Visit the Website
    Stand On Liquid | Bend's Premier Stand Up Paddle Board Shop Bend, OR-based Stand on Liquid designs, sells, and distributes more than 60 paddle board brands — offering the largest selection of stand up paddle boards and board accessories on the West Coast. Our guiding principle is that there’s a perfect board for everyone; our team is obsessed with helping you find the right board for every skill level, budget, and use. Plus, we offer the best rental rates in town — 24-hour rentals for just $50.
    Stand On Liquid | Bend's Premier Stand Up Paddle Board Shop

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