Central Oregon Water Safety Information

Water Safety Resources

 

Central Oregon is home to countless rivers, lakes, and water adventures to enjoy; but being prepared and knowing the right information is crucial to having the best experiences on the water. Learn more about water safety and what to be prepared for from the Red Cross’ water safety resource page.

In the state of Oregon, life jackets are required by law for children under the age of 12, for more information please click here.

If you are planning on boating, the Oregon State Marine Board provides information on boating laws, equipment requirements, and other general boating safety.

Safety Information for Bend’s Whitewater Park

 

One of the most popular spots to enjoy the water is at Bend’s Whitewater Park, located on the Deschutes River in the heart of Bend, Oregon. Before heading out, please take a look at the safety precautions and preparedness information for experiencing the park at its best.

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More inspiring stories, adventures, and tips & tricks for planning and experiencing the best Central Oregon has to offer.

  • Top 10 Winter Activities in Bend and Central Oregon (Besides Skiing)
    Top 10 Winter Activities in Bend and Central Oregon (Besides Skiing)

    Central Oregon is a mountain lover’s dream. No matter the season, you can expect constant adventure at your fingertips. But, make no mistake: Winter is not just for the thrill seekers. Luckily, Bend, Oregon has far more to offer in the chilly months than Mt. Bachelor, its world-renowned ski resort and backcountry mecca. If you don’t fancy zooming down mountains on planks, are out for the season, or just want some diverse fun in your world, read on to learn about Central Oregon’s best endorphin-boosting activities (without the skis!).

  • Our Favorite Sledding Hills in and Near Sunriver
    Our Favorite Sledding Hills in and Near Sunriver

    The town of Sunriver sits on the edge of Deschutes National Forest, surrounded by tall Ponderosa pines and, as the name suggests, plenty of sunshine and the meandering Deschutes River. However, Sunriver isn’t just a great spot to spend sunny days on the water. The town gets an annual 50 inches of snow, about 20 inches more than the nearby city of Bend receives, on average. Central Oregon weather can vary heavily within relatively small areas, and Sunriver is a huge benefactor of this. As a result, snow in Sunriver falls fast and hard, and leads to the perfect opportunities to break out winter sleds. Whether it’s an old school tobogan or something a bit more modern, be sure to visit Sunriver and the surrounding area for plenty of sledding options.

  • Ice Skating Rinks You Have to Try in Bend and Sunriver
    Ice Skating Rinks You Have to Try in Bend and Sunriver

    Bend and Sunriver are two excellent winter destinations. The offering of winter activities in Central Oregon are immense. Snow typically falls fast and heavy and visitors get to experience a winter wonderland filled with snow capped Ponderosa pines and fresh powder. In such a winter wonderland, it makes sense that Bend and Sunriver would have a selection of ice skating spots. Whether guests choose to twirl on the ice, casually glide or just kick back with a hot cocoa while the kids play, a trip to the ice skating rink can help cap off any Central Oregon winter getaway.