Whitewater park in Bend officially opens to public

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River is officially open.

The park, which opened to the public on Friday, features three channels. One is a whitewater channel with artificial waves for skilled kayakers, surfers and stand-up paddleboarders. Another is a safe passage channel, where floaters on inner tubes can easily pass through the area and continue downstream.

The third part of the river is a wildlife habitat area, where short waterfalls drop into a shallow pool.

The size and shape of waves in the whitewater channel is adjustable. A “wave shaper” will operate the system and provide regular wave reports for the public.

The Bend Bulletin reports the facility took nearly a year and $9.7 million to complete. It was funded through a bond approved by voters.

 

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