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.

Know Before You Go

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

Know Before You Go

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

News & Upcoming Events

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.

12th Annual Pickin’ & Paddlin’ – June 20 and August 30, 2018

What began as a couple of kayakers creating tunes on the back deck after a long day on the river, has grown into Pickin’ & Paddlin’ 2017, the 11th season of a cult-classic community concert series to raise funds for Bend Paddle Trail Alliance (BPTA). Come enjoy live music and boat demos on the Deschutes River in the Old Mill, Tumalo Creek’s back lawn. Demos from 4-7pm and concert from 5-9:30pm. Tickets are $5 (children 12 and under are free) and all proceeds go directly to BPTA.

June 20 Line Up

Slocan Ramblers
True North
Songwriters in the Round

August 30 Line Up 

Warren G Hardings
Julie and Wayves
Blackstrap Bluegrass
Songwriters on the Round

Ticket details:

Ticket pre-sell: in order to manage capacity. Pre-sale tickets are available through the Tumalo Creek website only. Bring your receipt and ID to get in. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come first serve basis.

Sponsor Information: In the height of the summer Pickin & Paddlin draws hundreds of engaged members of our community who are invested in supporting local businesses and improving this beautiful place we call home. To learn more about sponsoring Pickin’ & Paddlin’ 2017 contact Geoff Frank geoff(at)

Remember: No dogs please and be mindful of limited parking. Help us reduce our impact on our neighbors by taking alternative transportation. There will be additional bike racks available for your convenience. Walking, biking or carpooling are suggested. Parking alternatives: from The Pavilion or Miller’s Landing and walk past the Bend Whitewater Park and under the new tunnel (also known as The Portal to Pickin’).

Overview of the Bend Whitewater Park

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 below. Thank you!


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We welcome your donations as we continue our work to improve the whitewater park.


Please send checks to
PO Box 781
Bend OR 97709-0781

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