Deschutes - 09. Farewell Bend Park to Sawyer Park


Deschutes, Oregon, US

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09. Farewell Bend Park to Sawyer Park (Deschutes in City of Bend)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles

Bend Whitewater Park


Bend Whitewater Park
Photo of Megi Morishita by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 05/19/18 @ 1900 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Deschutes At Benham Falls
dream-168 500 - 2500 cfs I-II 64h28m 525 cfs (running)
Approximate range for the whitewater park at the upstream end of town.
Deschutes Below Bend
dream-290 500 - 2000 cfs I-II 16h28m 525 cfs (running)
Approximate range for the Riverhouse Slalom site below the North Canal Diversion at the downstream end of town.


River Description

The City of Bend has a few paddling opportunities with a whitewater park and slalom courses. The river is still interrupted by a series of dams but this may change in the future.

Bend Whitewater Park: The Bend Whitewater Park is located in the Old Mill District immediately downstream of the Colorado Avenue Bridge and accessed from McKay Park on river left. The park was developed in 2015 with the removal of the Colorado Avenue Dam that was a safety hazard for floaters. The park consists of three channels: a river right habitat channel, a center whitewater experts channel with constructed play features, and a river left passageway channel for those looking for the more mellow float. Flow in the channels is controlled by a series of gates and 23 bladders. Whitewater kayakers, surfers, bodyboarders, paddleboarders, and tubers can all be found enjoying the park. For more information check out the Bend Whitewater Park web page.

First Street Rapids Slalom Site: First Street Rapids is a rapid located just upstream of the First Street Bridge and has served as a training site for slalom paddlers within the city limits.

Riverhouse Rendevous Slalom Course: The annual Riverhouse Rendevous occurs in late March each year and attracts racers from across the Pacific Northwest. The course is set up behind the Riverhouse Hotel, at 3065 N Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97701. As the season’s opener for the Northwest Cup Slalom Paddle Series and a Junior Olympic qualifier, the Rendezvous is also an opportunity for local whitewater enthusiasts to celebrate navigable flow levels before canal diversions are made in April.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-05-22 15:14:20

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-167.6Bend Whitewater ParkII+Photo
-166.2Bend Hydro DamN/AHazard Photo
-165.8Steidl DamN/AHazard Photo
-165.7First Street RapidsIIPhoto
-164.8North Canal Diversion DamN/AHazard Photo
-164.6Riverhouse Rendevous Slalom SiteII+Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Bend Whitewater Park (Class II+, Mile -167.6)

Bend Whitewater Park

Bend Whitewater Park
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 03/25/17 @ 0 cfs

Developed in 2015 as a whitewater park with several features.



Bend Hydro Dam (Class N/A, Mile -166.2)

Bend Hydro Dam

Bend Hydro Dam
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 03/25/17 @ 0 cfs

The dam forming "Mirror Pond" was originally constructed in 1910 by Bend Water, Light & Power Company before acquisition by Pacific Power in 1926 that operates the dam for hydroelectricity today. The dam represents a hazard and barrier to navigation.



Steidl Dam (Class N/A, Mile -165.8)

Steidl Dam

Steidl Dam
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 03/25/17 @ 0 cfs

The Steidl Dam or Tumalo Irrigation District Diversion adjacent to Pioneer Park is used for a canal intake. It represents a hazard and barrier to navigation.



First Street Rapids (Class II, Mile -165.7)

First Street Rapids

First Street Rapids
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 03/25/17 @ 0 cfs

A slalom training site used the whitewater paddling community.



North Canal Diversion Dam (Class N/A, Mile -164.8)

North Canal Diversion Dam

North Canal Diversion Dam
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 03/25/17 @ 0 cfs

Constructed in 1912, the North Canal Diversion Dam is a 33-foot-high dam that diverts irrigation water. When water diversion begins in April it marks the end of boating opportunities on the downstream Riverhouse reach. The dam represents a hazard and barrier to navigation.



Riverhouse Rendevous Slalom Site (Class II+, Mile -164.6)

Riverhouse Slalom Course

Riverhouse Slalom Course
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 03/25/17 @ 0 cfs

Site of the annual Riverhouse Rendevous Slalom Race held in March.




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