A daytrip to Bend is perfect for lovers of the outdoors, as Bend is one of Central Oregon’s outdoor activity capitals. During the summer, Bend Whitewater Park is open to the public and easily accessible from the Old Mill District in downtown Bend. Utilizing the waters of the Deschutes River, locals and visitors alike can enjoy water-based activities like tubing, surfing, and kayaking inside of this Bend attraction. Read on to learn more about this Bend, Oregon water park!
Have Fun in the Water in the Middle of Town
Visitors to Bend Whitewater Park can enjoy two different channels that comprise the park’s amenities. There’s also a third channel strictly for local and migratory wildlife.
The first channel of this Bend water park is the Whitewater Channel, which is intended for paddleboarding, whitewater kayaking, and surfing. These incredibly fun activities are made possible by a total of four wave features spread out throughout this central channel, created by a combination of twenty-six underwater pneumatic bladders, dynamic river flows, and both natural and manmade riverbed conditions. The wave features range from the beginner-friendly Jason’s Wave to the challenging Eddy’s Wave, suited only for experienced river-goers.
The second channel is the Passageway Channel. Located closer to the exit points on the river, the Passageway Channel is best for those who want to float on the river with the option of adding a rapids ride for a bit of excitement. It gives visitors the option of playing it mellow by exiting the river and walking to the next river entrance point at McKay Park or to ride the rapids.
Visitors to this Bend, Oregon water park who want to float can start out at the beach at River Bend Park, then follow the left fork in the river at the Colorado Avenue bridge. After establishing the condition of the Passageway Channel rapids, you can ride the rapids until you reach the beach at McKay Park. Re-enter the river, following the right fork when you see the Galveston Avenue bridge until you reach Drake Park.
No matter which channel you choose to experience, you’ll want to have the appropriate equipment, including a life jacket, footwear, a durable tube if you are tubing, and sunscreen.
Bend Whitewater Park is located at 166 SW Shevlin Hixon Road, in the heart of Bend.
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