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River, Lake & Water

Bend’s Rivers, Lakes & Water

No Bend vacation is complete without a few hours or days spent paddling, fishing, floating, splashing, wading, rafting, or gazing upon the spellbinding aquatic wonders dotting our high desert landscape. From the power of the mighty Deschutes River to the shimmering solitude of a Cascade mountain lake, there’s bound to be a body of water that calls to you. And there’s plenty of fun and adventurous watersports in Bend, Oregon, happily answering the call.

Water Adventures in Bend

The Deschutes River starts high up in the Cascade Mountains, making its way to the Columbia River, but not without a roaring visit through Bend. Whether you want to plop yourself in a float tube and drift ’til your stress melts away or pump up the adrenaline and surf the rapids at the Bend Whitewater Park, opt for a peaceful paddle in a rented canoe; the Deschutes River is a multi-activity water wonderland.

Or head up to one of the many heavenly lakes that sprinkle the Cascade Mountains. Seize some summer fun and glide along Sparks Lake on a standup paddleboard or kayak, or test your fishing skills at Crane Prairie Reservoir on a guided fly fishing adventure. If an unhurried day with friends and family cruising on a pontoon boat followed by a juicy burger and cold beverage is more your speed, head up to Elk Lake or Cultus Lake.

Need all the gear for your water adventures? Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe, Stand on Liquid, and Bend Kayak School and Rentals have you covered. From kayaks, SUPs, float tubes, and rafts give them a call or reserve online for all your water toys. Or, how about a guided tour? Let the experts at Wanderlust Tours treat you to local intel, favorite spots, and an inclusive tour with gear provided.

Our Waters Need Your Help

Bend’s rivers, lakes, and waters provide us with heaps of wet and wild fun, but they also nourish local ecosystems, farms, and Bend itself. Snowmelt keeps our waterways full, and because of recent years of below-average snowfall, our reservoirs, lakes, rivers, and everything that depends on them are hurting. So, please do what you can to conserve water, pack out all trash, and be respectful of wildlife, plants, and other recreationists that depend on our water for their livelihood and survival.

For more information on what’s happening with Central Oregon’s environmental future and how to get involved, click over to Central Oregon Landwatch, Oregon Natural Desert Association, and the Deschutes River Conservancy. For current information on water flows and levels, the Bureau of Reclamation provides maps and resources.

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