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.


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


  • 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: April 23, 2017 @12:30 pm

1. Jason's: Low energy, beginner to intermediate wave with pile. Low angle, low retention.
2. Kricket's: High energy, dynamic wave hole with steep green faces and variable pile. Moderate retention.
3. Green Wave: Steep, green shortboard special!
4. Eddy's: Rowdy, high-energy, expert level rodeo hole.
-- Approximate flow at BWP: 1090 cfs.

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Jason's looking juicy for an evening surf!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Thomas Egan, Jan Taylor and 20 others like this

Sebastian FoltzThat looks a little cleaner than its been. That double wave earlier in the week was cool but I'd rather see a more uniform foam pile like early season. This setting looks a little friendlier. Thanks for all your work Ryan. The park has been sweet this year.

1 day ago   ·  1

Brooks FosterNow that looks like a play wave. Nice work, Bend. Can't wait to visit and try it out in August.

2 days ago   ·  2

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Kricket's!! 1140 cfs ... See MoreSee Less

Jan Taylor, Ryan Killion and 13 others like this

Sebastian FoltzKrickets has been rad at all levels. Pretty wide range of foam pile sizes depending on the setting, big the last few days. Ryan, I'd love to see the Jason's go back to being a single wave/foampile. The double is fun but I imagine it's a little daunting for beginner boaters.

1 day ago

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Brooks FosterThis wave-hole looks great, but I'm still waiting for proof in the form of a good playboater throwing down on video. Now who is going to step up and provide!?

2 days ago

Steve BurkettKrickets looks good at this level. look forward to trying it out!

2 days ago   ·  1

Jesse NicolaOn my way to try this out all weekend! Looking forward to some of the changes!

2 days ago

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Bend Whitewater Park updated their cover photo.

Spring flows and we're making waves.
Want one place to know what's going on? Check updated conditions, see Wave Cam links and the park's Facebook page feed with posts and videos at: www.bendparksandrec.org/bend-whitewater-park/water-wave-conditions/
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Bend Whitewater Park is for the birds! Shown shooting skyward at dusk, the park has several features for our avian friends. On both sides of the river, the tallest poles are for osprey. In the center of the nature channel, the "Kingfisher Perch" habitat sculpture is by local artist Andrew Wachs and designed to host the Belted Kingfisher as it observes the river and dives off for fish. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sadoe Rose, Jan Taylor and 6 others like this

Jayson BowermanWatched an Osprey haul two fish out of the river in the park within a couple of hour's time yesterday! Nice to see the fish ladder component seemingly working.

4 days ago   ·  2

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Bend Whitewater Park added 2 new videos from April 19.

Green Wave and Jason's at the BWP!!
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Jackson Pahlke, Jeremy Cass and 23 others like this

Jesse NicolaBend Whitewater Park can you please post video of Eddies? Your description is meaningless and also could be construed as "Not good".

3 days ago

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Jayson BowermanMake Eddy's a trashy rodeo hole please, just to see what that's like!

3 days ago

Steve OBrienConway with the alley-oop stomped!

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get rollin’!

Kayak Roll Session
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: 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.