Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    The status of Deschutes National Forest campgrounds varies currently with most open but some still not open. Check this LINK to see the full list and status of all Central Oregon Deschutes National Forest campgrounds. More INFO HERE.

    Most campgrounds moved to 100% reservations to decrease contact between hosts and visitors. People are encouraged to make reservations ahead of time. Reservations can be made at Recreation.gov. Sites are available with a two-day booking window, accepts sites in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument that have a three-day booking window. The booking window is how far in advance you can book the site. Any sites not reserved will be “first-come, first-serve;” however, if you are using a “first-come, first-serve” site…

  • Tour des Chutes - Virtual Ride/Run!

    Posted on in categories Biking , Event , Running

    Saturday July 11th – Virtual Time

    Tour des Chutes has traditionally featured road and gravel cycling routes, along with a 5K run/walk. This year we have shifted our focus to a virtual event so that we can continue to support children and adults with cancer. More INFO HERE.

    The Tour des Chutes Virtual Event will still take place on July 11, 2020, with a few additions. Beginning June 26th, we will post a new blog post each day to inspire participants and give everyone a place to connect. All registered participants will also receive a coupon book with incredible deals from local businesses. Registration is just $25, and we are still offering our full assortment of Tour des Chutes…

  • Elk Lake Resort Music on the Water Series Saturday July 11th

    Posted on in category Music

    July 12th, starting at 5pm Elk Lake Resort.

    This is one of the few live music events you can attend in Central Oregon right now and Elk Lake Resort has taken extra steps to insure a safe experience. More INFO HERE. 

    The 2020 Music on the Water Summer Series sponsored by Boneyard Beer and Crater Lake Spirits.  Enjoy free great music by our extremely talented local and regional bands! Music starts at 5:00PM in-between the lodge and the lake.

    *** This year’s concert series has changed to ensure we can still have a good time while being safe. Our venue is a first come first serve seated experience with a maximum…

  • Drive-in Style Movie Night 'The Goonies' at Faith Hope and Charity Vineyard

    Posted on in category Film

    July 12th, 7pm gates open at the Faith Hope and Charity vineyard.

    Grab the kids, get in the car and head to the Faith, Hope and Charity vineyard this Sunday July 12th for an old style drive in movie night.

    What better way to spend a midsummer night. There will be pizza, beer, wine, soft drinks and a variety of snacks. A raffle with a variety of prizes will be held after the show and benefits the Broken H Rescue Ranch to support at risk youth in our community. And, you’ll get to enjoy an evening at a spectacular spot in Central Oregon with some of the most incredible views around. More INFO HERE.

    Get your TICKETS ONLINE…

  • Oregon State Park Campground Reservation Window Extends July 1

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    From Central Oregon Daily Read the ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE.

    The reservation window for Oregon State Parks campgrounds extends starting at midnight tonight (July 1st). The window switches from one day to 30 days rather than the current one day to two weeks window in place as part of the agency’s COVID-19 response.

    Revenue loss, COVID-19 precautions and staff reductions will curtail services at most if not all campgrounds. Group camping remains closed across the state, due to distancing concerns.

    Not all sites or loops may be available at open campgrounds. For parks in the coastal region, there will be no walk-in or first-come, first-served camping until further notice.

    Many parks are now open for day use and camping. Most…

  • BYB Live Stream 'Behind the Scenes of the Pilot Butte Fireworks' July 4th 730pm

    Posted on in category Event

    Backyard Bend will be live from the top of Pilot Butte on Saturday July 4th at 730pm to bring you a behind the scenes look at the big show. We’ll talk with Sure Shot Fireworks who is producing the show and the Bend Fire Department. Tune in and see the event like never before. It will be streamed on the BYB APP and the BYB website Live On Location page.

    Be sure you have updated the BYB Mobile App on your phone prior to going to the Live On Location Streaming of the event. 
  • Climate Change in Central Oregon - Online Event Hosted by the Deschutes Land Trust

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    July 1st, 4pm – 5pm Online Event. More INFO HERE. 

    Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Fiona Noonan to learn about climate change impacts and solutions in Central Oregon from the comfort of your home. We’ll discuss climate science, the effects of climate change on natural systems, and the ways that conservation can combat rising temperatures and shifting habitats. Learn about the Land Trust’s climate change strategy and the ways you can make a difference on your own! Then you’ll have a chance to ask your own climate change questions during a during a question and answer session. **Registration required to receive the virtual event link. Only one person per household needs to register for this event.**


  • Intro to Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest - Online Event

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Tuesday June 30th, 7p – 9p. Online Event. More INFO HERE.

    Many in Central Oregon have caught on to Morel foraging in the late spring and early summer. This event will introduce you to some other common species in Oregon and help you develop an understanding of the basics.

    A fun beginners workshop on mushrooms. Foraging, identification, where to go, what to bring, and cultivation
    *** Check here for additional event dates https://www.eventbrite.com/o/salish-mushrooms-26770288393

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

    Posted on in categories Event , River

    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…

  • Central Oregon National Forests and Prineville BLM to Begin Public Use Restrictions

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    The USDA Deschutes National Forest announced open fire restrictions today with fires permitted ONLY IN APPROVED campgrounds. Here is the notice.

    Following a warm and dry spring, drought is emerging and expanding across much of the west, and Central Oregon is expecting warmer and drier than average conditions this summer. At the same time, as many facilities and areas are closed or allowing a limited number of visitors due to COVID-19 response measures, a higher than normal number of people are using public lands for recreation. To reduce the number of preventable wildfires, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, and the Crooked River National Grassland, are implementing public use restrictions.