Bend is one of our favorite Beaver State towns, and it’s a particularly perfect place to visit and go floating on a hot, summer day in the PNW. But before you load up the car and head out to one of Oregon’s coolest waterparks, keep in mind that one of the best lazy rivers in Oregon to go tubing is the Deschutes River! So grab your friends and bring your sense of adventure when you book a lazy river tubing trip down the Deschutes. This summer float adventure takes you from Riverbend Park to Drake Park, and it’s the perfect summer day trip!

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Have you floated the Deschutes? Tell us about your Oregon tubing adventure on this beautiful river. Or if you have other favorite lazy rivers in Oregon, let us know those, too!

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What are some other great places for tubing in Oregon?

When summer heat descends upon our corner of the Pacific Northwest, there’s only one course of action: tackling one of the many lazy rivers in Oregon! Portlanders know that the Willamette is always great for floating, as well as the Sandy River. If you're looking for an awesome place to float near Portland, the Sandy River is always a great choice. A bit about this lazy river:

  • This lovely river is a popular place for inner tubing in the summertime, as there are numerous options for fun, leisurely trips.
  • As with most of these river floats, you may want to pair up with some friends to drop off one car at the place where you'll end your float so that you don't have to hike all the way back upstream to your car.
  • One classic way to float the Sandy River is to start at Dabney State Recreation Area or Dodge Park and float down to Lewis and Clark State Park.

 

What are some other outdoor adventures in Bend, Oregon?

In addition to boasting some of the best tubing in Oregon, Bend is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the Beaver State. Central Oregon is a resplendent region full of mountains, forests, and rivers, making it an outdoor enthusiast's dream. And Bend certainly benefits from its killer location at the heart of it all.

  • The mighty Deschutes flows quite literally through the town itself, providing some of the best kayaking and river floating in Oregon.
  • The nearby Cascade Lakes is another dreamy place to go for a float. Local adventure outfitter Wanderlust Tours provides guide-led canoeing and kayaking expeditions on this lovely body of water, too!
  • For more waterbound fun, Tumalo Falls is one of the best Central Oregon waterfalls to chase, and the hike to these falls is both scenic and accessible, too!
  • Known as one of the most dog-friendly places in the country, Bend's trails are the perfect place to spend a day with your four-legged BFF as we welcome springtime's sunshine and warmth! Dogs are allowed on numerous trails (even off-leash in some areas), along with several different kayaking adventures, too.

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