Bend Whitewater Park

Welcome to the Bend Whitewater Park. Located in the Deschutes River near the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon, this in-water amenity offers a variety of river recreation opportunities including tubing, kayaking, and surfing.

The park is made up of three distinctly different channels:

  • Passageway Channel – The Passageway is the perfect option for those who want to add a little rapids adventure to their float. For those who want to keep it mellow or who have children as part of the group, exit the river and walk to McKay Park to re-enter the river. Learn more about the Passageway Channel.
  • Whitewater Channel – Are you a whitewater kayaker, surfer or paddleboarder? The Whitewater Channel is your destination. This center channel of the park has four wave features for emerging to expert whitewater enthusiasts. Learn more about the Whitewater Channel.
  • Habitat Channel – The third channel of the park exists to protect and enhance river health and provide habitat to important local and migratory wildlife. There is no public access (by people or pets) to this ecologically sensitive area.
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Getting There

Location – 166 SW Shevlin Hixon Rd
The Bend Whitewater Park is located in the heart of Bend in the Deschutes River north of the Colorado Avenue Bridge. Viewing is available on the pedestrian bridge and on the east side of the river and at McKay Park.

Parking & River Shuttle Service
Parking for the Bend Whitewater Park is available on public streets or at Miller’s Landing Park.

Deschutes River Virtual Tour
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Wave Update: August 6th, 2017 @ 5:15 pm

1. Jason's: Double Dragon. Dual directional waves with surfable center face.
2. Kricket's: Mid to high energy, intermediate wave hole; full width pile, low angle. Medium retention.
3. Green Wave: River Right green shoulder transitioning into a beefy pile.
4. Eddy's: Expert only, angled, typewriter crumble wave with adjacent wave hole, fast underflow.
-- Approximate flow at BWP: 1307 cfs, 68 degrees F

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Water is on the rise on this quiet cloudy Sunday
Water Flow @ BWP: 1285 cfs
Water Temp @ BWP: 62.5 F
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Kyle EllisonThanks for the info. Do you know a good online resource (besides this one of course!) for checking the water temperature on the river here in Bend. Only USGS gauge I can find is for Madras...

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Robert HamiltonMake the wave green again!!!

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Water is headed back down, green faces are peeking out!
Water Flow @ BWP: 1240 cfs and dropping
Water Temp @ BWP: 65.8 F
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Marcel BiegFor those of you who do not already know; the 2017 ACA SWR Conference is being held here in Mill City, OR on October 13-15. Registration is now open and there are currently still some spaces available. This will be an awesome event with many of the "Who's who" of SWR coming from across the country to present at this event. Check out www.americancanoe.org/?page=SWR_Conference for more information.

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Matthew MachuHey guys what are the playspots like right now? I'm hoping to stop in for the second time ever since 2015 and throw many loops and hole moves. passing thru Monday on my way to Eclipse. Will it be solid hole play?

7 days ago
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Dan ShelferMiss that place! I use to play there when there was no man made surf!

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Tammy LynnPaul McDaniel , this is surfing in Bend, Oregon!!!

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High flow Kricket's, Wide Pile Jason's!! Flows are going up for (hopefully) the last time of the season. 1300+ cfs and almost 70 degree water!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ry WodsyIf 1300cfs is high water what is a good low level? What's the typical range low-high water? Trying to compare typical flows at a site here in Ontario that id like to write a proposal for. Cheers.

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Robin LaughlinDoes anyone in town rent boats? Just got back on the river after years away and want to surf next time I'm in town!

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Brooks FosterWould a Crazy 88 and a Centrifuge be good boats for the park on the weekend of Aug 20? What about a Space Cadet? I get to bring 2.

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Mama Bear and Papa Bear, keep an eye on your cubs! The whitewater park is busy, busy, busy and things happen fast. We've seen way too many unsupervised kids in both the Passageway and Whitewater Channel as of late. Regardless of skill level or age, we can't emphasize enough the need to keep a close eye on your kids and your buddies when recreating in the river. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jayson BowermanFunny how most 'Muricans assume there is a lifeguard on duty, unless there is a sign specifically telling them that there isn't.

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Johanna Burandt PulliamLOST: My son left his Boogie Board (Custom X) down there last night - royal blue foam top and black and red bottom. Please message me if found. Thx much!

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Aaron CoatesIt's not just the kids fault allot of the parents are inept and can't seem to spot danger no one reads warning labels or signs anymore.

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Charlie HivelyThis is, I think, the 3rd reference in the last week about this, must be a huge problem

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Kathryn Wold-FrankWe had SO MUCH FUN last weekend! Love that Bend provides such great parks and rec for everyone to enjoy

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Charles CJ MyrickIf you have to tell them...

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Don AndersenLooking like a great time

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A big reminder to always watch your kids closely when recreating in and around the river. Things happen fast and some folks have even lost track of their children recently. Luckily, all turned out okay, but it's no fun for anyone! So supervise, supervise, supervise so that there's no surprises. For more on recreating on the river, visit www.bendparksandrec.org/bend-whitewater-park/passageway-channel/ ... See MoreSee Less

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