A trip to Bend isn’t complete until you play in one of Bend’s infamous waterways, allow the wide variety of things to do in Bend Oregon amaze you. Well known for its kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), rafting, floating, water skiing, and fishing, Bend draws visitors from all over the West Coast. Discover what kind of water sport you want to try on your vacation to Bend.

Why Try Water Sports?

With over 300 days of sun, Bend’s high desert landscape can get very hot in the summertime. The list of things to do in Bend Oregon is endless! One of the most fun ways to cool off is to play in one of Bend’s many lakes or its crown jewel: the Deschutes River.

Water sports can make hot days fun for the whole family due to the large variety of activities. You can choose water sports ranging from exhilarating to leisurely that are close to town or high in the mountains. Variety is what Bend is best known for!

Guided Tours

Wanderlust Tours offers a variety of exciting kayaking and canoeing tours in the Cascade Mountains near Bend. Spend hours paddling around pristine Alpine lakes in the sunshine with views of the mountains. Choose from a variety of tours like the Starlight Canoe Tour, Brews and Views Tour, or the Cascade Lakes tour.

For fans of fishing, River Borne Outfitters offers private fishing trips on the Deschutes River. River Borne Outfitters offers both day and overnight trips to catch rainbow trout, steelhead, and anglers – choose your own fishing adventure!

For an exciting day on the water, Sun Country Tours offers Class III rafting tours along the Deschutes. Their tours are the most popular and convenient whitewater rafting adventure in Bend! Their packages even include transportation to and from the river.

Renting Gear

To fully enjoy all the things to do in Bend Oregon, you can rent SUP boards, canoes, kayaks, inner tubes, water skis, and wakeboards from a number of outfitters in Bend.

Stand Up Paddle Bend, Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, Mountain Water Snow Sports, and Elk Lake Resort will all get you properly outfitted for your adventure.

Stay Close to the Action

Whether you decide to spend your days being thrilled by whitewater rafting or relaxing on a mountain lake in a canoe, you’ll want to stay somewhere that’s close to the action of the outdoors. Arrived vacation homes were designed specifically with the outdoor enthusiast in mind to get the most out of Bend Oregon’s things to do.

After a long day in the sun on the water, return to one of our premier vacation homes to relax and recharge in comfort. Reach out to the Arrived vacation homes team today to learn about what kind of accommodations would best suit you!