What do Central Oregonians Do When it Gets Hot?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

Bend OR Residents Float the Deschutes River

When the summer temperatures soar, Bend residents relax in the water. Whether it is driving up to the Cascade Lakes and enjoying windsurfing at Elk Lake, paddling in a kayak on Todd Lake or water skiing and house boating on Lake Billy Chinook, Central Oregonians enjoy the water during the summer months. One of the recent additions to the water recreational opportunities in Bend is floating the Deschutes River. Unheard of 10 years ago, during warm summer days thousands of people enjoy floating through Bend's Old Mill District from Farewell Bend Park, past the surfers at the Whitewater Park and ending up at Drake Park at Mirror Pond

Almost as fun as floating the river is sitting on the deck of one of the restaurants in the Old Mill sipping a cool drink and watching the floaters go by. The variety of floats is interesting and seeing people enjoying themselves as they float by or occasionally fall into the river as their float tips is entertaining.

If you don't have your own floating device, Park & Float, located next to The Pavilion on Simpson Ave across from the Old Mill near the dog park, offers everything you need to make your day on the river fun. Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe offers 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 Park & Float.

Floaters can pick a two-hour float from Riverbend Park to Drake Park or a one-hour float from either Riverbend Park or McKay Park. Floaters can also Ride the River Shuttle from Drake Park back up to Park and Float for $3 per day.

Original blog can be seen at Bend Premier Real Estate.

Comments (6)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This would be a lot of fun except for the sunburn.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Aug 01, 2018 05:50 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Roy Kelley - I suggest lots and lots of sunscreen!

Aug 01, 2018 11:22 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Keep cool and have a great day. We are expecting some rain later today.

Aug 02, 2018 08:53 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, now that is a  great way to cool off I would say.  Good job on making over 300,000

Aug 05, 2018 08:37 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

HI Lynnea,
We saw a lot of floaters on the Icicle River this weekend when playing golf at Leavenworth.  It looked very inviting! 

Aug 06, 2018 08:28 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Carol Williams - when it is hot, thousands of people float the river.

Aug 06, 2018 04:57 PM

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