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.
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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. 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.

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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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Steve OBrienI don't understand with the current flow levels why the green wave cannot be set up steeper. I know it has been better in the past with the same or less flow.

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Katelyn KirkSo is it safe now to float down in a tube?

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Kay KotzLooks like fun. What level does it go to?

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Josh StclairSo can I ride my paddle board down it? That's all I care about

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Jayson BowermanNice low flows in the floating channel.

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Karri McLaughlinLooks much better!

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Andrea TrombleyBe there in 2 weeks!

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The Passageway re-opens today! Be sure you know before you go!

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Laura CamachoEveryone in this picture is wearing helmets. Is that what you are insinuating is "proper gear?"

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