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Two kayakers in the Deschutes River.

The Deschutes River corridor in Bend includes an approximate eight-mile stretch of river, including 16 parks. The Deschutes River Access and Habitat Restoration Plan (River Plan) was adopted in November 2021 after a two-year planning process and identifies 28 projects to improve river access and restore habitat. The plan will guide improvements at district owned and managed riverfront parks along the Deschutes River for a decade. The plan focuses on a total of 14 district facilities.

Development of the River Plan was data and community driven, and over the two-year planning process, the district had over 4,700 touchpoints with the community. These touchpoints were instrumental to the selection of the projects included in the plan, and the community will continue to have the opportunity to provide feedback on individual projects as the River Plan is implemented.

For more information about the River Plan, please contact:

Rachel Colton
Park Planner
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