• Water Talks - A Series From The Deschutes River Conservancy

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    A new series from the Deschutes River Conservancy that looks at water and all the groups it affects in the Deschutes river basin.

    Wednesday Oct 21, Nov 4, and Nov 18. MORE INFO HERE. 

    Have 3 minutes or less you *may* be willing to spare? If so, please join us to talk WATER!  Watch at your leisure – view each one as it is released within this event “Discussion”!
    These short, bite sized online conversations, each wrap up in less than 180 seconds so you can grab a quick earful on the go!

    WATER TALKS aims to help demystify the world of water here in Central Oregon. We’ll tackle some tricky topics with some of our basin’s most…

  • Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Hidden Secrets of Rivers

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    July 14th, 630pm – 830pm.  More INFO HERE.

    Another great online learning event by OMSI. A Random Walk Along the River: Vital Connections that Rivers Share with the Land, the Sky, and Us with Sean W. Fleming, Applied R&D Technical Lead, US Dept. of Agriculture National Water and Climate Center; Courtesy Prof., College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU; Adjunct Prof., Dept. of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC.

    Rivers are everywhere and affect everything. When all goes well, they provide us with water, power, food, transportation, recreation, and beauty. And when things go wrong, they wipe out our homes or even bring poisoned water to our taps.

    But how much do we know about how rivers actually…

  • Upper Deschutes Watershed Council 'Upstream' Auction is Live on Monday June 29th

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    The next round of auction items from the UpperDeschutes Watershed Council’s Upstream project will be available starting on Monday, June 29th! This is your chance to score some incredible items including an Aquaglide inflatable paddle board, dinner for two at Elk Lake Resort, a Tenkara fly rod and reel, a Bendistillery gin cocktail basket, and a beautiful Bronwen Jewelry necklace. More INFO HERE. 

    All proceeds from this auction benefit our watershed education program, The Upstream Project, which seeks to educate and engage the next generation of watershed stewards. We are continuing to connect with students, parents, and teachers through our online educational videos. Show your support and help us do more by bidding on some of…

  • Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon & Washington

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    This weekend you can fish without a state fishing license in both Oregon and Washington. This is a chance to test the waters and be reminded of the fun of fishing. Central Oregon is considered some of the best fishing in the western US, with world class fly fishing and lake fishing. So maybe try something new and see what it’s all about.

    We have some great local fishing shops that can help you with gear and information on where to go. See you on the water!


    Fly & Field Outfitters,

    Bend Fly Shop

    Confluence Fly Shop


    Fin & Fire


    The Fly Fisher’s Place


    Sunriver Fly Shop

    Here’s a link…

  • Win a $1,350 Competitor Paddleboard from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

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    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.

  • Zoom with Explorer George Kourounis Presented by the Coalition For The Deschutes

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    When: Wednesday, May 20, 5:00 – 6:30 pm (includes time for Q and A)

    Join Coalition for the Deschutes and the Juniper Group of Sierra Club and escape for a while with explorer George Kourounis.

    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:

  • Be a Part of 'Home Waters: Stories of the Deschutes River Basin'

    Posted on in categories River , Travel & Adventure

    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…

  • Coalition For The Deschutes - The Digital Village: An E-river Runs Through It

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    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…

  • Central Oregon Trail Party - Smith Rock

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    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.

  • Holiday Lights Winter Paddle Parade on the Deschutes River

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    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