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 have children, 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.

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. Temporary restrooms are available near McKay Park beach. Once complete, the adjoining McKay Park will provide permanent restrooms, a changing room and viewing areas. McKay Park is under construction with completion slated for fall of 2016.

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

For those floating the river, parking is located at Riverbend Park at 799 SW Columbia St. The Ride the River Shuttle is available from June 15th to Labor Day and runs daily. Cost is $3.00 for all day. For schedules, fares and other details, visit Cascade East Transit’s website. The shuttle stops at Riverbend Park and Drake Park.


Detoured Access

The City of Bend’s sewer lift station project may affect access to McKay Park and the Bend Whitewater Park. Please refer to the City’s webpage for more information.

Those interested in using the Bend Whitewater Park should park and enter downstream at Miller’s Landing Park

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Good Afternoon Whitewater Park Users! Consistent with the last couple weeks, there is a lot of water coming through the park. Floaters, know that the passageway may be a bit more powerful. As always, make sure you have the recommended equipment like the stunning patron in this photo.

For the Whitewater Channel Users, we are at 1250 cfs. At Jason's the 2/3 river left version is in, Kricket's has a surfable river right pocket, and Eddy's is set up in a wave/hole with a more friendly surfer's left entry. If you haven't already, come try out the new kayak set up at wave #3 - paddlers are loving it!

Surfers, the green wave is still out until further notice. We apologize and understand what you are going through. If you can bring yourself to, grab a boogie board and play around in some of the features, it may help.

Have fun and be safe out there!!
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Nick Rice, West River Dental : Dennis Holly DMD and 12 others like this

Tom RodhouseEddy's is really fun and forgiving right now for front surfing, my vote is to keep the settings as is for the moment. Wave 3 is pretty fun too but the Kricket's river left seive does come up fast....

7 hours ago

Austin BouckAll, be careful on wave 3. The washed out portion of krickets has made the outflow very fast, and it rushes right into a rocky horseshoe pocket of the drop on river left. In addition, the Eddy on river left behind the wave is now a powerful whirlpool that likes to tug boats around, and is likely much more difficult to escape as a swimmer. The wave is fun, just be aware that the hazards have changed.

2 days ago

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Stephen JunkinsHey Ryan, Hannah, really nice setup tonight on Jason's / Wave #1. That green front surfer on river right is the best it's been. Also Kricket's was fun, though the super dynamic setting. Seemed like the upstream blocks had another 2-3 inches of water over them, which was nice for safety, and loop set ups. Thanks for all the continued refinements.

1 week ago   ·  2

Charlie Hivelyis this set-up still in place? I'm hoping to get my SUP on before it changes, been out of town all weekend

4 days ago

Mark DavisThat's what we're talking about! Thanks

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