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.

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

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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Winter work at the Bend Whitewater Park is set to begin on Monday, Dec. 5! Learn more about the modifications to improve performance in the whitewater and passageway channels at: ... See MoreSee Less

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Steve Burkettlove the park! key suggestions-- make more easy features, like nice fat surf waves and soft easy all the wave ledges.

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Jason StampHey, so I stopped by the park today and it looks like all of the pneumatic bladders are not set up, and the waves are not working. I'm just wondering if anyone knows if it will be working anytime soon. Thanks

2 weeks ago

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Robin ThomasHi there! Some friend and I were planning to pass though bend this weekend and are hoping to hop on the whitewater park to surf! I was wondering how the park worked in the winter? Are surf waves in all throughout the winter? Are there any particular times of the day/week the park is closed we should be aware of? Thanks!

4 weeks ago

Jayson BowermanCan't wait to get medical clearance to get back on my board for some runs down the Passageway.

1 month ago

Sebastian FoltzBottom wave was great yesterday *Nov 3. Much wider than I've seen it lately

1 month ago

Ryan CartmillAWESOME! So when are we removing the Newport dam?

1 month ago

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With the arrival of low-flow season, BPRD is preparing for additional construction work at the Bend Whitewater Park this fall and winter. Improving performance in the whitewater channel is the primary goal with some minor work in the passageway channel, too. All the feedback and suggestions have been welcomed and appreciated, so thank you! For the devoted kayakers and surfers with proper cold-water gear, please plan your visits in the next few weeks and check the wave reports regularly. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mark DavisAny details of the work to be done? Are you work on any features other than the surf wave?

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Jay Jay OrtonHey are any waves on right now that we may be able to surf?

2 months ago

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