The Bend Whitewater Park is Open

Learn more about the park’s features, safety precautions and how to access the park by visiting Bend Parks and Recreation’s Website.

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Know Before You Go

Please scout the the Whitewater Channel before entering the park. The floater passageway is closed for the summer.

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Know Before You Go

Please scout the Whitewater Channel before entering the park. The floater channel is closed for the summer.

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News & Upcoming Events

Pickin’ & Paddlin’ Music Series and Demo Days : August 24, 2016

Join us for Bend’s favorite party by the river featuring boat demos and live music on Wednesday August 24, 2016. Demos start at 4 p.m. and admission is $10 with children 12 and under free. 100% of the proceeds support the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance. We’ll be pre-selling tickets this year and both events will likely sell out. This August’s event features Crow & the Canyo, Cascade Crescendo & the Space Heaterz. Please go to Tumalo Creek’s site to buy your tickets.

Special thanks to our 2016 Sponsors

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
Deschutes Brewery
Bowerman Guitars
92.9 / Bend Radio Group
Shelter Studio
Tumalo Cider Co.
Northline Wealth Management
Caboost Kombucha

The Floater Channel is Closed for the Summer

Bend Park and Recreation District announced on June 9, 2016 that they are closing the floater passage at the Bend Whitewater Park for evaluation. The BPTA supports the closure:

“The Bend Whitewater Park is the first in the Pacific Northwest and is unique to our geologic area. It’s quite typical in these types of projects to need to make adjustments,” said Justin Rae, president, Bend Paddle Trail Alliance. “BPTA plans to be involved as Bend Park and Recreation District enlists additional experts to evaluate options for improvements.” Read more…

The Whitewater Park is Open!

After over a decade of fundraising and a strategic partnership with Bend Parks and Recreation District, the dream of the Bend Whitewater Park has become a reality. Please visit the webpage on BPR’s site to learn more about the park. For daily updates visit the Bend Whitewater Park Facebook Page.


This project renovated the Colorado Dam creating three channels downstream—a Class II channel for brave floaters and boaters, the west coast’s first whitewater park in the center, and a natural river area to enhance habitat. This project replaced the existing pedestrian bridge connecting McKay Park to Miller’s Landing Park. It was primarily funded by Bond Measure 9-86, which passed in 2012. Of the $9.68 M budgeted for this construction, Bend Paddle Trail Alliance raised $1.13M through grants, private sponsorships and fundraising events. Donate to the BPTA here.


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Bend OR 97709-0781

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