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Reviewed June 14, 2015

The Deschutes River in and around Bend, has so many ways it can be enjoyed. Why don't you share some of your favorite ways to enjoy it. It's one of our favorite things to do in the summer, we love to kayak, float, fish, hike along, bike along and sit next to while listening to music in the old mill.

From Sunriver to Bend, the vegetation along the Deschutes River is a combination of old growth ponderosa and aspen, and the shorelines vary from marshy meadows to basalt bedrock.

The name Deschutes means “River of the Falls.” Much of the water is fast and with multiple falls between Sunriver and Bend there are still many good fishing spots from the bank and kayaking places along this stretch.

Grab a laminated river guide from REI or online to know exactly where it is safe to kayak, paddle board, or fish. This will list all the boat ramps and river access points.

Here is our list of our favorite things to do on the Deschutes River in Central Oregon.
1. Float / Paddle board from Old Mill to downtown Bend
2. Swim/Wade in the water at the Farewell Bend park
3. Hike the trail along the river from the Bill Healy Memorial Bridge upstream
4. Kayak from above Dillon falls up to Benham falls
5. Go Fishin'
6. Stroll through Drake Park
7. Go Geocaching along the river (it's everywhere)
8. Sit on a bench and watch the swans - from Pioneer Park
9. Go White water Rafting - Big Eddy
10. Enjoy Drinks & appetizers on the patio of Anthony's or Greg's Grill.
11. Take your 4 legged friend to the Riverbend dog park and let them swim in the water

Date of experience: June 2015
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Date of experience: August 2017
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