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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.
  • If you cannot maintain six feet distance from others, wear a face covering. (Required for ages 5 and up. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation.)
  • 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.
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    The reel deal.

    The Deschutes River is home to many species of prized native fish and some of the most idyllic fishing spots reside in public 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.

    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.

    Deschutes River Access

    For Deschutes River fishing, access is available at the following parks. You can use the Park Locator to filter parks and learn more.

    Drake Park
    777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend, Oregon

    Farewell Bend Park
    1000 Southwest Reed Market Rd., Bend, Oregon

    First Street Rapids Park
    1980 Northwest 1st St., Bend, Oregon

    Miller’s Landing Park
    55 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend, Oregon

    Pacific Park
    1236 NW Wall St., Bend, Oregon

    Pioneer Park
    1525 Northwest Wall St., Bend, Oregon

    Riley Ranch Nature Reserve
    19991 Glen Vista Rd., Bend, Oregon

    Riverbend Park
    799 SW Columbia St., Bend, Oregon

    Sawyer Park
    62999 O. B. Riley Rd., Bend, Oregon

    Fishing Ponds in Parks

    Current regulations at both ponds allow for a limit of two fish per day, eight inch minimum length.

    Pine Nursery Park
    3750 NE Purcell Blvd., Bend, Oregon
    Stock: rainbow trout, blue gills and bass.
    Ages: open to all ages

    Shevlin Park
    18920 Northwest Shevlin Park Rd., Bend, Oregon

    Stock: rainbow trout

    Ages: Open to youth, 17 years and under, and anglers with disabilities.

    Other Information:  Youth aged 12 to 17 must have a juvenile fishing license. Limit of two fish per day, eight inch minimum length.

    During events at Aspen hall, fishing is allowed only on the pond’s east bank, across the bridge from Aspen Hall.

    Additional information on fishing and stocking in the region is available at ODFW’s website at

    Image of Bend residents fly fishing the Deschutes River in Sawyer Park.
    Image of children fishing in the Shevlin Park pond under parent supervision.