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Discover the beauty of Oregon’s high desert on a family-friendly kayaking tour of the upper Deschutes River. Enjoy a half- or full-day beginner trip, winding through the Columbia River tributary and admiring the Cascade Mountains. With an expert guide, learn kayaking techniques and enjoy a chance elk, otter or bald eagle spotting. 


  • Kayak tour on the Upper Deschutes River
  • Learn basic paddling techniques from an experienced guide
  • Paddle past forest wildlife, and look for red-tailed hawks and bald eagles
  • Choose a half-day or full-day option
  • Enjoy lunch on the river (full-day option only)
  • Includes equipment and minivan transport from Bend

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This trip is perfect for kids and beginner paddlers, but advanced kayakers will also enjoy the tranquility and vivid scenery of the Upper Deschutes River. The option of a 4- or 7-hour tour gives you flexibility with your family.

What You Can Expect

Deschutes River Kayaking Tour from Bend

Deschutes River Kayaking Tour from Bend

Select a half- or full-day kayak tour at booking. The full-day tour adds duration and distance to your river adventure, including a lunch break. Designed for beginner kayakers, no technical paddling skills are required. Enjoy the assistance of slow-moving currents as you view deer, elk, otters, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and more.


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