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Drake Park and Mirror Pond

777 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend, OR, United States

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

Features include nearly a half mile of riverfront, acres of open lawn, an outdoor stage, restrooms and small picnic tables. A major renovation project for this park was completed in 2003. The restrooms have been upgraded, pathways throughout the park have been replaced with pavers making the walkway wider, new irrigation and lighting systems have been installed, bike racks have been installed, a seating and viewing area was added at Mirror Pond and the High Wheel has made a triumphant return to the park. Drake Park is more beautiful than ever!

Drake Park is home to Great Horned Owls who are actively nesting with their owlet. A portion surrounding the nest will be closed off to the public during the month of May. Once the owlet fledges, the fencing will be removed.

5 am to 10 pm

777 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend, OR, United States (Directions)

Street Parking

13 acres

Click here for Park Rules and Guidelines

Rental or facility information:

For feedback on the parks, trails or facilities, email info@bendparksandrec.org

The Deschutes River is home to many species of native fish and some of the most idyllic fishing spots reside in Bend parks. In addition to river fishing, the District also features fishing ponds at Pine Nursery and Shevlin Parks that are stocked by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Shevlin Pond is open to youth 17 years and under. Learn more.

Licenses: All state angling licenses and regulations apply at all locations.

Bait: Whether bait and/or fly fishing is allowed depends on location. Please check ODFW’s website for more information as regulations may change.

Drake Park is a popular downtown gathering place in the community. Each year, a number of large events are held in Drake Park, including run/walks, Munch and Music, and the Bend Park and Recreation 4th of July Pet Parade.

As such a popular venue, we field many requests regarding park use. You can learn more about hosting public events, operating a business in a park, filming in parks and more.

Parking for Floaters:

Now – June 15: Parking is available at Riverbend Park and public parking lots on Columbia Street. (There is no shuttle service.)

June 16 – Sept. 3: Parking is available at Park & Float, Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1001 SW Bradbury Way. Shuttles will be running regularly during the day.

Ride the River Shuttle is available from June 16 – Sept. 3, 2018. The cost is $3 per person per day. More info at cascadeseasttransit.com.

Bend Whitewater Park Parking Options:

Park & Float at Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1001 SW Bradbury Way. One block south of the whitewater park. (Directions)
McKay Park, 166 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. (westside) (Directions)
Miller’s Landing Park, 80 NW Riverside Blvd. (eastside) (Directions)

Bend Park & Float

Bend Park & Float, located next to The Pavilion on Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, offers everything you need to make your day on the river fun and easy. There is parking, snacks, lawn activities and more. Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe will offer rental of durable river tubes and complimentary life jackets for children and adults. You can also rent a paddleboard, surfboard or kayak. Several floating options are possible from Bend Park & Float.

Choose a two-hour float from Riverbend Park to Drake Park or a one-hour float from either Riverbend Park or McKay Park. For Bend Whitewater Park rapids and fun, Bend Park & Float is only a block away.

The Ride the River shuttle begins and ends at Bend Park & Float with stops at Riverbend Park and Drake Park. And there is bike parking and Zagster bike share on site if you want to skip a vehicle completely.

Bend Park & Float services will be available Saturday, June 16 through Monday, Sept. 3 and are weather-dependent. Beginning May 26, early season rentals may be available at Riverbend Park, but shuttles are not running. If poor weather and/or before June 16, call  to see if the rental trailer is open.

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Fishing in Parks

The Deschutes River is home to many species of native fish and some of the most idyllic fishing spots reside in Bend parks. In addition to river fishing, the District also features fishing ponds at Pine Nursery and Shevlin Parks that are stocked by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Shevlin Pond is open to youth 17 years and under. Learn more.

Licenses: All state angling licenses and regulations apply at all locations.

Bait: Whether bait and/or fly fishing is allowed depends on location. Please check ODFW’s website for more information as regulations may change.

Public Events

Drake Park is a popular downtown gathering place in the community. Each year, a number of large events are held in Drake Park, including run/walks, Munch and Music, and the Bend Park and Recreation 4th of July Pet Parade.

As such a popular venue, we field many requests regarding park use. You can learn more about hosting public events, operating a business in a park, filming in parks and more.

Float the River

Parking for Floaters:

Now – June 15: Parking is available at Riverbend Park and public parking lots on Columbia Street. (There is no shuttle service.)

June 16 – Sept. 3: Parking is available at Park & Float, Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1001 SW Bradbury Way. Shuttles will be running regularly during the day.

Ride the River Shuttle is available from June 16 – Sept. 3, 2018. The cost is $3 per person per day. More info at cascadeseasttransit.com.

Bend Whitewater Park Parking Options:

Park & Float at Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1001 SW Bradbury Way. One block south of the whitewater park. (Directions)
McKay Park, 166 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. (westside) (Directions)
Miller’s Landing Park, 80 NW Riverside Blvd. (eastside) (Directions)

Bend Park & Float

Bend Park & Float, located next to The Pavilion on Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, offers everything you need to make your day on the river fun and easy. There is parking, snacks, lawn activities and more. Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe will offer rental of durable river tubes and complimentary life jackets for children and adults. You can also rent a paddleboard, surfboard or kayak. Several floating options are possible from Bend Park & Float.

Choose a two-hour float from Riverbend Park to Drake Park or a one-hour float from either Riverbend Park or McKay Park. For Bend Whitewater Park rapids and fun, Bend Park & Float is only a block away.

The Ride the River shuttle begins and ends at Bend Park & Float with stops at Riverbend Park and Drake Park. And there is bike parking and Zagster bike share on site if you want to skip a vehicle completely.

Bend Park & Float services will be available Saturday, June 16 through Monday, Sept. 3 and are weather-dependent. Beginning May 26, early season rentals may be available at Riverbend Park, but shuttles are not running. If poor weather and/or before June 16, call  to see if the rental trailer is open.

Contact

Rental or facility information:

For feedback on the parks, trails or facilities, email info@bendparksandrec.org