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Address: 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend, OR 97702-1118
Phone Number:
+1 541-317-9407
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun 09:00 - 19:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Excitement. Adventure. Community.That's what we're all about here at Tumalo...

Excitement. Adventure. Community.That's what we're all about here at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. We're your locally owned and operated paddling shop creating life-long paddlers for over a decade. Visit us at our retail store and learning center, located right on the banks of the Deschutes River, just downstream from the Old Mill District. Sign up for classes, take a full-day river tour, or browse the largest selection of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes and rafting gear in Central Oregon.Our staff has over a hundred years of combined experience exploring remote coastlines, leading sea kayaking tours from Mexico to Alaska, and navigating some of the world’s most challenging whitewater. And while we love to share our stories, we’re most interested in hearing yours: Let’s get you out on the water with the knowledge, skills and gear you need to enjoy a safe and comfortable afternoon paddle or a full-on sea expedition. And then make sure to come back and tells us all about it.We’re open 24/7 at our new online store. We’re always happy to price match and we want to make it as easy as we can to help you support local business.

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Tour of San Juan Islands was fabulous.

Geoff Frank and his guides did everything to make sure our trip was comfortable and safe. We paddled to one island, had lunch and then paddled to the island where we would spend... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
Bend, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Geoff Frank and his guides did everything to make sure our trip was comfortable and safe. We paddled to one island, had lunch and then paddled to the island where we would spend the night. We were planning on staying two nights on the island, but there was a storm brewing. So we paddled back to the original island just... More 

Thank 4duffy2
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

After hiking all week, for a change of pace we rented a tandem kayak and had a very pleasant float on the Deschutes river in Bend. The people at Tumalo Creek were super friendly and helpful. We walked in and in short order we were sitting in a kayak on the river while we were given quick instruction in how... More 

Thank Kevin M
Bend, Oregon
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Owned by a great supporter of the Bend outdoor enthusiasts community. Anything you ever wanted that has anything to do with being on one of our beautiful rivers or lakes. Not inexpensive, but definitely top notch equipment for sale here, along with advice from knowledgeable river folks.

Thank Gail S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I had a one-on-one kayak instruction with Austin and it was excellent. He covered everything from safety, rowing techniques, equipment, accessories, what to do in situations and what not to do. It would be a privilege to have him again for an instructor, whether it be one-on-one in with a class. Tumalo Creek was very helpful and I look forward... More 

Thank Rich T
Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Spent 90 minutes with Sue for one on one paddle boarding lessons. It was worth every penny, Sue was funny, supportive and totally adapted to my comfort level. I picked up more in that 90 minute session than I ever would have just watching people and doing it on my own, most importantly she taught me correct paddling technique that... More 

Thank jscott2135
Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This adventure was amazing. The guides plan everything to smallest detail, yet are thoroughly prepared to easily accommodate any change due to climate or conditions. They are also a lot of fun. They loaned, to myself & others, neoprene garments, booties, dry jackets, and more. They take care of you. Participants bring tent, sleeping bag & pad, and clothing. Needed... More 

Thank Juniperberry72
Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

My wife and I have a tandem kayak but are thinking about upgrading to two singles, so renting something we thought we might buy was big on our list of things to do while visiting Bend. They have a pretty big store here and all the staff was really helpful in picking out something that suited us. Originally, I was... More 

Thank Lawrence O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe company in Bend, Oregon led us on a 4-day, 3-night kayak tour in the San Juan Islands. I can give nothing but an excellent review with no complaints at all. We had 7 paddlers and 4 guides, though 4 guides is more than on their usual trip. The guides were absolutely wonderful. Their knowledge... More 

Thank Desi V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We did a half day kayak trip on the Deschutes River. We had two children (ages 9 and 11), and they had a great time. Our guides helped us into our kayaks, and we paddled upstream a ways until we reached some rapids. We then paddled downstream for a while until we reached a slough off to the side. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We visited Tumalo Creek's Sunriver location. My teen boys are both experienced kayakers, but it was my and my 10-year old's first time. We put in at LaPine State Park and drifted with the river to Big River campground, which is about 9 1/2 miles of smooth water with a decent current. It's not too deep, either, in most places.... More 

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