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Riverbend Park

799 SW Columbia St, Bend, OR 97702, USA

Directions



Map indicating one-way trail instructions for the South Canyon stretch of the Deschutes River Trail.

Temporary Use Rule: One-Way Trail
The South Canyon stretch of the Deschutes River Trail is temporarily a one-direction trail until further notice.

  • This trail is temporarily closed to bikes.
  • PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: For all BPRD parks and trails
    It’s summer and you want to play. It’s okay; you can with a few reminders:
  • Distancing is a must when you visit a Bend Park & Recreation District park, trail, recreation center and even the river.
  • Stay six feet from others, indoors and out.
  • Wash hands before and after any visit to a park or trail.
  • Visit less popular parks and trails or at less popular times.
  • Go only with your household or small groups. No large groups.
  • Keep dogs on leash; It’s the law in Bend except at designated off leash areas.
  • Bring your own drinking water. Drinking fountains are not available.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Learn More.

    Located along the banks of the Deschutes River, near the Old Mill District, Riverbend Park provides year-round river access, open lawn and miles of scenic paved and unpaved paths with riparian conservation areas for local wildlife.

    Riverbend Park is a very popular summer destination for river floating and summer events; expect limited parking and a high volume of trail and river use traffic during warm summer days or Mill events.

    With its central location, Riverbend Park provides access to south canyon trails, access to Farewell Bend Park via footbridge and downstream river access to Miller’s Landing, McKay Park, Bend Whitewater Park, Columbia Park, Harmon Park, and the scenic Mirror Pond in Drake Park.

    5 am to 10 pm

    799 SW Columbia St, Bend, OR 97702, USA (Directions)

    Lot Parking

    13.1 acres

    Click here for Park Rules and Guidelines

    This location is ideal for active groups planning to utilize the Deschutes River and trails.

    • Seating capacity – 25 people, total capacity 150 people
    • 4 movable rectangle picnic tables
    • Adjacent to Deschutes River Trail, beach – river access and boat launch area
    • Restrooms and drinking fountain
    • Open lawn areas and trails
    • High-use area during late spring and summer months, no guaranteed parking.

    Learn more about this rental

    Care for Parks, Trails & Off Leash Areas

    Volunteers help keep Bend’s parks, trails and off leash areas beautiful and safe places for everyone to enjoy!

    Adopt-a-Park or Trail or Off Leash Area

    Groups, businesses, schools, families or individuals can adopt a park, off leash area or section of Bend’s urban trail system. Volunteers help care for their adopted space by visiting regularly all year – picking up litter, pulling invasive weeds and keeping an eye out for vandalism, weather damage and potential safety hazards. Volunteers make at least a one year commitment and complete a monthly volunteer activity report.

    Group Park Projects:

    Your group can make a big impact by helping with a landscape maintenance project in a park.

    Opportunities may be available in spring and fall, depending on the weather and vary based on the size of the group and current District needs. Projects are typically 2-3 hours and may include activities such as raking planting areas, spreading bark or playground chips, pulling invasive weeds and picking up litter. BPRD staff provides support for your group’s efforts and supplies any tools or materials needed for the project.

    For more information about adopting a park or trail or scheduling a project for your group, contact:

    Kim Johnson
    Community Engagement Supervisor
    Email Kim Johnson
      

    Trail, park or property information:

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

    Parking for Floaters:

    2020 river recreation is modified.  Park & Float, Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1000 SW Bradbury Way, only has free parking (no rental services). Beginning June 17, SUPs, kayaks and tandem rentals will be available at Riverbend Park. Sorry, no tube rentals for summer 2020.

    Shuttle services are not available in 2020. Be prepared to walk back to your starting point or parked vehicle, approximately 1 mile to 2 miles.

    Parking Options:

    Park & Float location at Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1000 SW Bradbury Way. One block south of the whitewater park. (Directions)
    Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. (westside) (Directions)
    McKay Park, 166 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. (westside) (Directions)
    Miller’s Landing Park, 80 NW Riverside Blvd. (eastside) (Directions)

    Dogs are a part of many Bendites’ lives and involved with their owners in many recreational adventures. In Bend, there’s so much to do with your four-legged friend including:

    • Walk and run on the trails and paths
    • Swim in the Deschutes River
    • Play, walk and run off-leash at eight off-leash areas.

    No matter the activity or adventure, it’s important that dog owners manage their dog responsibly so that everyone can enjoy the parks and trails.

    City of Bend law and Bend Park & Recreation District rules require that:

    • Dogs are to be leashed up in public except in official off-leash areas.
    • Dog owners are to clean up after their dog. To help out, dog waste bags and trash receptacles are available at many Bend parks and trails.

    Off-Leash Area Rules

    Off-Leash Areas in Bend ParksThe intent of these rules is to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all park users.

    • No aggressive dogs allowed. Immediately remove your dog from the park if it is misbehaving or acting in an aggressive manner.
    • Keep dogs on leash outside designated off-leash areas.
    • Pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste.
    • Remain in visual site and voice control of your dog at all times.
    • Carry a leash for each dog in your care.
    • Closely supervise young children. Children under the age of 12 may not be in the off-leash area unsupervised.
    • Accept responsibility for any damage or injury caused by your dog.
    • Bring no more than three dogs to the off-leash area at any time.
    • Do not bring a dog in heat to a Bend park.
    • Do not bring a puppy without a complete cycle of vaccinations to a Bend park.
    • Display tags showing proof of current license and rabies vaccinations on all dogs.
    • Comply with all other park rules.
    • Please be courteous to neighbors and control excessive barking.

    Download a Visitor’s Guide to Dog Parks with tips for having a positive experience at a dog off-leash area.

    Kid's in Off-Leash Areas

    Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in Bend off-leash areas unsupervised. Here is some guidance for those with children in an off-leash area:

    • Not all dogs are child-friendly. Do not allow your child to approach or pet a strange dog without the owner’s presence and approval.
    • A running, squealing or screaming child may become a target for many dogs, because the child resembles an injured animal or prey.
    • Do not let your child have toys or food in an off-leash area.
    • Children are more susceptible to contracting intestinal worms and other infections from touching grass where feces or urine are present. Be sure your children (and you) always wear shoes in an off-leash park area and wash hands after touching dog play toys.

    Small Dogs in Off-Leash Areas

    Ponderosa Small Dog Area entranceWhen it comes to off-leash areas, a designated space for small dogs to have a play and activity level that's in their proportion rather than with big dogs can be a great option for small dog owners.

    Currently, there are fenced small dog areas at Riverbend, Pine Nursery and Ponderosa Parks. The criteria for small dogs is less than 15 inches at the shoulder and under 25 pounds.

    If you would like to comment on the small dog parks, email us at info@bendparksandrec.org or call (541) 389-7275.

    Learn more about dog-friendly parks and off-leash areas

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    Rental info

    This location is ideal for active groups planning to utilize the Deschutes River and trails.

    • Seating capacity – 25 people, total capacity 150 people
    • 4 movable rectangle picnic tables
    • Adjacent to Deschutes River Trail, beach – river access and boat launch area
    • Restrooms and drinking fountain
    • Open lawn areas and trails
    • High-use area during late spring and summer months, no guaranteed parking.

    Learn more about this rental

    Float the River

    Parking for Floaters:

    2020 river recreation is modified.  Park & Float, Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1000 SW Bradbury Way, only has free parking (no rental services). Beginning June 17, SUPs, kayaks and tandem rentals will be available at Riverbend Park. Sorry, no tube rentals for summer 2020.

    Shuttle services are not available in 2020. Be prepared to walk back to your starting point or parked vehicle, approximately 1 mile to 2 miles.

    Parking Options:

    Park & Float location at Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1000 SW Bradbury Way. One block south of the whitewater park. (Directions)
    Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. (westside) (Directions)
    McKay Park, 166 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. (westside) (Directions)
    Miller’s Landing Park, 80 NW Riverside Blvd. (eastside) (Directions)

    Off-Leash Dog Area

    Dogs are a part of many Bendites’ lives and involved with their owners in many recreational adventures. In Bend, there’s so much to do with your four-legged friend including:

    • Walk and run on the trails and paths
    • Swim in the Deschutes River
    • Play, walk and run off-leash at eight off-leash areas.

    No matter the activity or adventure, it’s important that dog owners manage their dog responsibly so that everyone can enjoy the parks and trails.

    City of Bend law and Bend Park & Recreation District rules require that:

    • Dogs are to be leashed up in public except in official off-leash areas.
    • Dog owners are to clean up after their dog. To help out, dog waste bags and trash receptacles are available at many Bend parks and trails.

    Off-Leash Area Rules

    Off-Leash Areas in Bend ParksThe intent of these rules is to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all park users.

    • No aggressive dogs allowed. Immediately remove your dog from the park if it is misbehaving or acting in an aggressive manner.
    • Keep dogs on leash outside designated off-leash areas.
    • Pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste.
    • Remain in visual site and voice control of your dog at all times.
    • Carry a leash for each dog in your care.
    • Closely supervise young children. Children under the age of 12 may not be in the off-leash area unsupervised.
    • Accept responsibility for any damage or injury caused by your dog.
    • Bring no more than three dogs to the off-leash area at any time.
    • Do not bring a dog in heat to a Bend park.
    • Do not bring a puppy without a complete cycle of vaccinations to a Bend park.
    • Display tags showing proof of current license and rabies vaccinations on all dogs.
    • Comply with all other park rules.
    • Please be courteous to neighbors and control excessive barking.

    Download a Visitor’s Guide to Dog Parks with tips for having a positive experience at a dog off-leash area.

    Kid's in Off-Leash Areas

    Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in Bend off-leash areas unsupervised. Here is some guidance for those with children in an off-leash area:

    • Not all dogs are child-friendly. Do not allow your child to approach or pet a strange dog without the owner’s presence and approval.
    • A running, squealing or screaming child may become a target for many dogs, because the child resembles an injured animal or prey.
    • Do not let your child have toys or food in an off-leash area.
    • Children are more susceptible to contracting intestinal worms and other infections from touching grass where feces or urine are present. Be sure your children (and you) always wear shoes in an off-leash park area and wash hands after touching dog play toys.

    Small Dogs in Off-Leash Areas

    Ponderosa Small Dog Area entranceWhen it comes to off-leash areas, a designated space for small dogs to have a play and activity level that's in their proportion rather than with big dogs can be a great option for small dog owners.

    Currently, there are fenced small dog areas at Riverbend, Pine Nursery and Ponderosa Parks. The criteria for small dogs is less than 15 inches at the shoulder and under 25 pounds.

    If you would like to comment on the small dog parks, email us at info@bendparksandrec.org or call (541) 389-7275.

    Learn more about dog-friendly parks and off-leash areas

    Adopt a Park

    Care for Parks, Trails & Off Leash Areas

    Volunteers help keep Bend’s parks, trails and off leash areas beautiful and safe places for everyone to enjoy!

    Adopt-a-Park or Trail or Off Leash Area

    Groups, businesses, schools, families or individuals can adopt a park, off leash area or section of Bend’s urban trail system. Volunteers help care for their adopted space by visiting regularly all year – picking up litter, pulling invasive weeds and keeping an eye out for vandalism, weather damage and potential safety hazards. Volunteers make at least a one year commitment and complete a monthly volunteer activity report.

    Group Park Projects:

    Your group can make a big impact by helping with a landscape maintenance project in a park.

    Opportunities may be available in spring and fall, depending on the weather and vary based on the size of the group and current District needs. Projects are typically 2-3 hours and may include activities such as raking planting areas, spreading bark or playground chips, pulling invasive weeds and picking up litter. BPRD staff provides support for your group’s efforts and supplies any tools or materials needed for the project.

    For more information about adopting a park or trail or scheduling a project for your group, contact:

    Kim Johnson
    Community Engagement Supervisor
    (541) 706-6127
    Email Kim Johnson
      

    Contact

    Trail, park or property information:

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