Whitewater Guide

Are you a whitewater kayaker, surfer or paddleboarder?

The Whitewater Channel of the Bend Whitewater Park is your destination! This center channel of the park has four wave features for emerging to expert whitewater enthusiasts. The features are created by twenty-six, underwater pneumatic bladders, natural and man-made riverbed conditions and dynamic river flows.

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Jason’s Wave. Jason’s wave is the most down-river feature.  It is best suited for people learning whitewater sports or refining their skills. (Beginner)

Kricket’s Wave. Just up river from Jason’s wave, this feature is best suited for people with some experience in whitewater conditions. (Difficult to more difficult)

The Green Wave. The next upriver feature is the Green Wave. This wave is best suited for experienced river users and will most often be ideal for surfing and kayaking. (Difficult)

Eddy’s Wave. Nearest the bridge is Eddy’s wave which is the largest in the series and best suited for the most experienced river users. (Most difficult)

Know Before You Go

  • Access to The Whitewater Channel is from downriver of the park at either McKay Park beach or Miller’s Landing Park. Do not access the channel from upriver.
  • The river-left (west) island is for line-up. There is no public access to the river-right island.
  • Life jackets and whistles are required for all boaters and paddleboarders.
  • Helmets are recommended. Board leashes, however, should never be used as they can get caught on underwater elements.
  • Always scout the conditions as river flows and wave features change frequently. Consider the waves above and below and plan your exit routes for each wave.
  • Check the Bend Whitewater Park Facebook page for updates and conditions at Facebook.com/BendWhitewaterPark

Recommended Safety Equipment:

  • Cold water protective clothing and footwear
  • Throw rope
  • Life jacket
  • Helmet
  • Whistle

Prohibited:

  • Tethering to the bridge or island and the use of bungee cords, ropes or other like devices. Ropes tied to fixed objects present a significant entanglement and drowning risk.
  • Jumping off the bridge.
  • Access to the park from the emergency ladder on the footbridge.
  • Alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.
  • Motorized craft.
  • Swimming, diving or jumping within the Bend Whitewater Park; swimming is allowed off McKay Park beach.
  • Any activity that obstructs the safe flow of river users.
  • Entering the protected natural area, riparian area or the river-right (east) island.

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Bend Whitewater Park added 3 new videos.

Jason's, Green Wave, and Eddy's!! Almost 1000 cfs!!
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Stephen JunkinsRyan, you are a true public servant. Thanks for these good updates and new configs!

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Brooks FosterProgress! I still don't see a killer kayaking feature though.

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Sebastian FoltzLooks great. Been super fun so far.

2 days ago
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Jason PollockGarett get here

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Austin BouckCrickets last night was awesome! Eddie's was a tiny bit better but still only workable in direct center and river right.

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Jan TaylorMuch better!

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Darren DangerdeedsNice!!! Is it deep enough for looping? I made a trip out to Bend last summer and wasn't impressed. This looks promising though!

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Brooks FosterThis looks very nice. Good work on the winter improvements!

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Michael BellLooks like a huge improvement! Nice work. Looks like a friendly play hole.

1 week ago   ·  1
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Nick RiceKelly Crowther, this wave is already cartwheeling??

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Austin BouckRyan, can you smooth out Eddie's? It's really deep and uneven as of yesterday evening

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Marsh ChamberlainYours truly in the blue helmet....

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Are you ready? Summer recreation registration opens March 20 and now's the time to plan your play with the Summer 2017 Playbook Preview - or - on our registration website! Preview dates for Operation Recreation, The PAC, Art Station art camps, sports camps, swim lessons, overnight rafting trips and much more.
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Sandra MillerSo the grandparents are coming down in July. They want to float the river but I'm a little Leary about it because I hurt my booty coming off the rock. :/ lol. Was that a complaint from others and was this part of the improvements being made? Thank you.

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Jen Kjellesvik❤️❤️❤️🌊🌊🌊 Thanks for all the hard work BPTA, BP&R, TC!! The improvements are great!! We love that all the features now have concrete filled in on the edges!!👍👍 The holes seem deeper too!!🌊🏄👊😘💋

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Jayson BowermanThat wave looks sick! I bet 3,000cfs in the Crooked is throwing up some huge waves as well.

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Glenn MacLean-TalbotThank you for all the hard work and dedication in the off-season!

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Jan TaylorWhat an improvement! Great work!

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Jayson BowermanJust returned from 3 days of windswept surfari on the Oregon Coast and found the best turns by far in #backyardbend! Thanks to #BPRD for the continued dedication to making this park one that the community can be truly proud of!

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Conner BennettHey, is it possible to get a schedule up? So we don't get down at 1130 to have the wave down at noon unknowingly 😝 thanks!

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Nolan HelmusInterested in seeing all the features with a kayak. Will have to check out the new additions.

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Nathan MetzlerSaw you guys out there today! cant wait to try it! Where can I pick up a board and suit? Thanks!

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Steve BurkettJason's wave was real fun!

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Candace BellSuch a .....

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Susan ZackIs that the Deschutes River?

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Brandon BeckerMmmm bacon.

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Theresa Hockettgoin' try it?

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Jesse James MarohnFantastic!!

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Phillip HurstYeah

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Joel EllisKatie Ellis😎🏂🏄🏂🏄🏂😘

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View Wave Cam

get rollin’!

Kayak Roll Session
at
Juniper Swim & Fitness Center

Bring your clean boat to the warm, indoor pool to practice and refine your roll skills. Please tape the ends of your paddles. Fees: $12 in-district / $14 out-of-district.

Dates: 9/25 – 12/18
Sundays: 4:15 – 6:00 pm
Tuesdays: 6:45 – 9:00 pm

look before
you launch.

The Deschutes River is dynamic and changing so always scout the waves above and below and plan your exit strategy.

Unsafe or illegal behavior may result in exclusion and/or citation.
Emergency: Call 911  To Report Maintenance: 541-388-5435

WARNING:  The Deschutes River is wild.  All rivers may present hazards not easily recognized. Always exercise caution when recreating in the river. Recreate at your own risk.