Parks Featuring: Fishing

Riley Ranch Nature Reserve

Located in northwest Bend along the east side of the Deschutes River, Riley Ranch Nature Reserve is composed of 184 acres of former private ranch land. Appearing relatively untouched in some places, the land features open meadows, juniper and pine forests, unique lava flows, cliffs and the river’s rocky canyon. The park is host to […]

Farewell Bend Park

Farewell Bend is located along the Deschutes River near the base of the Bill Healy Memorial Bridge. The park features a canoe launch and natural marsh areas. It has become a popular launching location for float trips on the river. The Deschutes River Trail runs the length of the park and connects the park to the Old Mill District to the northeast, to Riverbend Park across the river and to the new South Canyon Trail Bridge to the south. There are two viewing shelters, a boardwalk along the river, interpretive signage and a playground which Kiwanis assisted in building.A large picnic shelter with a capacity of 36 is available in addition to two small shelters which accommodate 4 each.

Brooks Park

Featuring the Bend Heroes Memorial, this riverfront park is the gateway to one of Bend’s historic neighborhoods.

Pacific Park

Access to this riverfront park is off of Portland Avenue. It consists of a narrow strip of turf between Pacific Park Lane and the river, and a sloped meadow above the street and parking area that is also turfed and has mature trees. The riverfront features a 3′-4′ high stone retaining wall and a leg of the Deschutes River Trail. Interpretive signage describes the history of the site. Amenities are few in this park, but it is a popular spot for fishing and a quiet place to enjoy a sack lunch. Cascade School of Music is located in the building at this park.

McKay Park

Re-opened in fall of 2016, McKay Park was extensively renovated to support use and access to the Bend Whitewater Park. Renovations include a restroom, plaza, trail connections to the Deschutes River Trail, a play beach and natural play area.

Shevlin Park

This cherished, 652-acre regional park was donated to the community in 1920. Although the park has a paved road, three developed picnic sites and Aspen Hall within its boundaries, most of the park remains undeveloped. Tumalo Creek rambles through the park with several foot bridges providing opportunities to cross over to the east side of the park.

Sawyer Park

A large park stretching along both sides of the Deschutes River. Formerly a state park dedicated to the District in 1980. The park is connected by trail to Sawyer Uplands Neighborhood Park and River Glenn Natural Area. A footbridge over the river leads to the Deschutes River Trail and connections to First Street Rapids Park, Sawyer Uplands Park and Archie Briggs Natural Area. The site is adjacent to the Rivers Edge golf course.

Riverview Park

This small roadside riverfront overlook is easy to miss but worth a visit. Located near the north entrance to Division Street just past the “BEND” berm, the park features an accessible walkway to the river’s edge. Limited off-street parking. Handicap-accessible fishing area developed with the support of the Bend Lion’s Club.

River Rim Park Site

This undeveloped site with river access has three natural shelves that step down to the Deschutes River. It provides for future riverfront park development and improved connections to the Deschutes River Trail, and provides views up and down the river.

Riverbend Park

Completed in 2009, Riverbend Park is a special community gathering place that celebrates the Deschutes River, provides a special events venue, provides public river access and conserves the native riparian landscape. This riverfront park features large open lawn areas, a sandy beach, public restrooms, a picnic shelter and fully accessible walking trails.

Pine Nursery Park

A large community park in NE Bend, Pine Nursery Park includes a sports complex for field sports, natural areas, fitness trails, disc golf course, bike trails, a 14-acre off-leash area, pickleball courts and room for future expansion.

Pioneer Park

One of Bend’s oldest parks, Pioneer Park hosts many picnics and weddings during the spring, summer and fall. This riverfront park features a covered group picnic area, a formal rose garden, open lawn areas and river front woods.

Drake Park and Mirror Pond

This popular downtown community gathering place hosts many events throughout the spring, summer and fall, including the District’s Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration.

First Street Rapids Park

Crossing both east and west sides of the Deschutes River, First Street Rapids Park is a popular river access point for canoes and kayaks. The park is located at the end of NW First Street as well as the end of NW Revere. The Deschutes River Trail runs through the park and connects north to Sawyer Park and south to Pioneer Park via a pedestrian bridge.

The park and points north and south along the river are well-known for wildlife activity including river otters, beavers and a multitude of bird species including trumpeter swans, bald eagles, ospreys and migratory birds.