This Memorial Day weekend has been a nice way to get summer started and start thinking about getting on the water.
If you haven’t seen our current ‘Share & Win’ giveaway, then tune in and make sure you are entered to win this awesome Surf Tech Bark Competitor Paddleboard from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe!
This is a chance to get on the water this summer with a paddleboard that is designed for Central Oregon waters. Use the hashtag #backyardbend on your Instagram and Twitter post and look for additional ways for more entries on our Facebook page. Good luck and we’ll see you on the water.
When: Wednesday, May 20, 5:00 – 6:30 pm (includes time for Q and A)
Hold on tight as explorer George Kourounis shares his 20+ years of tracking down and documenting the most fearsome natural forces on planet Earth. Tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes…George will share stories, images, and videos from his most extreme expeditions in more than 75 countries spanning all seven continents.
Where: Zoom, of course. Here’s the link:
Central Oregon is blessed with incredible natural places and the Cascades produce some of the finest water in the country. It is good to appreciate these places and be reminded how fortunate we are to live here. More people means more pressure on these resources, but we are lucky to have a number of great organizations like the Deschutes River Conservancy working to steward these places and resources into the future so we can continue to enjoy them. We are proud to provide a list of these organizations on the ‘Get Involved’ page. Check it out and you will find amazing people doing amazing things in #backyardbend. Get involved where you can and be part of meaningful action in our…
We have many great nonprofits in our community doing so much good work. Many offer educational opportunities for you and our children during this down time. The Coalition For the Deschutes newsletter shares a photo tour and video of the Deschutes from photographer and writer Tim Palmer, along with other stories. These can be a good resource for learning and viewing some of the beautiful places around us.
Below is an excerpt from the newsletter. Consider signing up and staying tuned in to what they are doing for our river and our community. Coalition For The Deschutes Website.
Tim Palmer, whose photography is featured below, is the award-winning author of 29 books about rivers, conservation, and adventure travel. I had the great…
Saturday March 14th at Smith Rock State Park. More INFO HERE.
Join Trailkeepers of Oregon as we help maintain trails in one of Oregon’s most spectacular parks. We will be restoring native plants and doing maintenance on the popular River Trail.
Plan to hike less than a mile to the work area and work using hand digging tools, loppers, and hand saws. We prioritize safety and fun over quantity of work accomplished and encourage people to try different things and work at a comfortable pace. No experience is necessary — you’ll be working with experienced crew leaders who will teach you all you need to know.
Every year Bend’s most dedicated paddling enthusiasts dress up their canoes, paddleboards and kayaks in bright lights and holiday garb and paddle around the Deschutes River for a few hours for Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe’s Holiday Lights Winter Paddle Parade in the Old Mill District. This is one of those events that gets the whole town in the spirit and feels very authentic to Bend. Join in on the paddling or take in the views from the Old Mill District or Drake Park.
When: Friday Dec 13th 4pm-8pm
For more details see tumalocreek.com and to register, check out
Calling all river lovers! Senator Wyden will be holding an open, public forum on his Wild and Scenic Rivers initiative. This is a great opportunity to speak to the Senator directly about protecting your most cherished waterways. Come learn and engage on what is important to you for Oregon waterways.
When: Saturday Dec 14th 10am-11am
Where: Bend Park and Rec District Office – 799 Columbia St. Bend.
Tonight Sunday Nov 17th at Patagonia of Bend is a screening of the film Run Wild Run Free: 50 Years of Wild and Scenic Rivers and learn how you can be part of an historic effort by Sen. Ron Wyden to protect more of Oregon’s wildest rivers from dams and development. Hosted by the Oregon Natural Desert Association.
Sunday Nov 17, 630pm Patagonia of Bend
More INFO HERE.
You may not know that the Deschutes River is trouble. It seems fine, always flowing, people floating and having fun. But the Deschutes has many challenges; population growth and more demand for water and other issues continue to put pressure on the river that gives Central Oregon life. The Deschutes River Conservancy is working to bring stakeholders together and find solutions for the future health of the Deschutes. Check out this video and learn more about the challenges and solutions for the Deschutes River. Learn more about the Deschutes River Conservancy here.
Typically one of the busiest educational events of the year, this is one you do not want to miss! As many can imagine, Griff spends most of his summer guiding, while the offseason is his treasured time to chase fish around Central Oregon. Unfortunately, many of the fisheries we frequent in the summer are closed. So, you have to get creative with angling opportunities at times. Grab a spot at one of our last Fly and Field University events of the year!