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.
Wave Update: July 25, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

1. Jason's: Wide pile setup, rough ramp, consistent retention.
2. Kricket's: Mid-energy, intermediate wave hole; full width pile, moderate angle. Medium retention.
3. Green Wave: Dynamic green shoulders with pile in center.
4. Eddy's: High energy, low-angle wave hole. High/variable retention.
-- Approximate flow at BWP: 1223, 66.5 degrees F

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Everyone at Bend Park & Recreation District is greatly saddened by yesterday's drowning on the Deschutes River at First Street Rapids Park. Our condolences to the victim's family and friends and our appreciation to all those that responded. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jayson BowermanAny supporting details of the incident which can be shared?

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Ryan CartmillI was there an hour earlier. Crazy

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Green and pile! 1243 cfs, 64 degree water! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ry WodsyJames Sandziuk, this is the bend whitewater park. 1243cfs is equivalent to 35cms. I'm sure something similar could be made a quaker.

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Ryan CartmillRad!

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Andrew MasonDamian Therrien RPod trip!!!

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Kricket's in her prime! 1370 cfs, 65 degrees F ... See MoreSee Less

Waves all day! 1344 cfs, 67 degrees F ... See MoreSee Less

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Jana Augusta MejdellSuggestion: have signs at the starting point and with the tube vendors to educate folks that the will lose stuff that isn't secured. And have waterproof bags for sale or rent as well that the can secure to their tubes. So many folks are new to this or not from around here.

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Michael JohnstoneAwesome place to be.....

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Jacob VannBen this is one of the places you can go tubing while in sunriver

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Franklin Bullwheel67 degrees? That's either a lot cooler than at my house or really warm water?

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Kyle RushingAngie Renuk-Rushing hart park vision

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David JacobusJennifer Jacobus John Jacobus Next week?

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Bend Whitewater Park at Bend Whitewater Park.

Doin' it right on the Deschutes! PFD, check! Durable tube, check! Footwear, check! Aiming downriver and in the whitewater, check! This young floater knows how to have a good time on the river. Pass it on . . . have the right gear, have the right kind of float. More on floating the river at: www.bendparksandrec.org/bend-whitewater-park/passageway-channel/
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David LeathBetter than the three youngsters we encountered yesterday who were riding boogie boards on the last wave of the float channel. We plowed into/over them. Everyone was ok but probably not the best place to try to ride a wave, or at least not when there's a bunch of people coming down the channel. It's great fun this year! Love the float channel! Share, have fun, watch out for each other and be safe!

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Nancy McCann GialanellaIs there a good company in Bend where you can rent a tube and life vest ?

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Attila Balitycould his PFD be too big?

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Corinne HumphreysThat does look like fun, did he have a blast.

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Ross DetermanMan we need a waveshaper at Pueblo whitewater park. We have one hell of a park out here. Nothing compared to Bends. But would be a top 5 iif we had even just one. Keep having fun bend. Would love to surf out there someday soon!

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Christina DampierFor the most part you can control your direction in a tube and often times you get caught up in the eddies, just paddle with your hands and correct before each rapid.

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Peter J WhiteForgot the HELMET. Simple little back flip hitting a wave , hits his head and unconcious face down in the water.

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Andy FullerClaire Sims, we'll set Mark up with one of these :-) :-)

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Katelyn KirkAs if you can control what direction your facing while going down the rapids in a tube 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Christina DampierThank you for sorting out the hazards. My boyfriend got injured before the fixes. I safely floated this year.

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Kayak Roll Session
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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: Now – June 4
Sundays: 4:15 – 6:00 pm
Tuesdays: 7:15 – 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.