- Enjoy challenging Class III to V whitewater rapids on the Deschutes River, one of Oregon’s Wild and Scenic rivers.
- Spend a relaxing day canoeing at East Lake where you’re surrounded by spectacular scenery.
- Rent a kayak or canoe at beautiful Diamond Lake, located in the Umpqua National Forest.
- Paddle the popular Class III Lower Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook run on the Metolius River.
When you visit Bend you’ll find there are many beautiful lakes and rivers that are perfect for kayaking and canoeing. You can spend a quiet day paddling on beautiful Diamond Lake while you enjoy views of Mt. Thielsen, or take a thrilling whitewater trip down Class III to Class V rapids on the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River. Regardless of where you go kayaking or canoeing, you’ll definitely be surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
Where to go Kayaking and Canoeing
- Deschutes River – Designated as a Wild and Scenic River, this 250-mile long “river of falls” boasts excellent stretches of whitewater rapids ranging from gentle Class I to expert-only Class V. If you’re new to whitewater kayaking, experienced guides can show you the ropes.
- Cline Falls State Park – During the summer, many kayakers and canoers enjoy floating the scenic 14.5-mile portion of the Deschutes River that flows between Cline Falls and Tumalo State Park.
- Crooked River – This river has a spectacular 18-mile stretch of Class III-IV rapids between Lone Pine Bridge and Crooked River Ranch that flows through beautiful high desert canyons. However, the flow is controlled by a dam and isn’t always running. But when it is running, it is a very popular kayaking destination.
- Diamond Lake – Located deep in the Umpqua National Forest, Diamond Lake is a great place to spend a summer day kayaking or canoeing while you enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Thielsen.
- Metolius River – Another one of Central Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rivers, the 17-mile Lower Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook run on the Metolius is a very popular Class III run.
- East Lake – This beautiful lake is surrounded by incredible scenery, including rocky cliffs, thick forest, and fascinating lava flows. It is a popular lake for a relaxing day of kayaking and canoeing, especially since power boats are not allowed to exceed 10 mph.
Guided Tours & Rentals
If you’re planning a kayaking or canoeing adventure when you visit Bend, be sure to take some time to explore the various guides and outfitters listed on this web page.