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What’s SUP in Central Oregon? Stand Up Paddling (video)

In March, Outside Magazine named Bend “The Best Place for a Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Getaway”.

Our small mountain town even beat out a place in Mexico! But it really doesn’t take too much to see why.

From the turquoise water at Devil’s Lake (28.7 miles from Bend); to a resort where you can float right alongside sailboats – we have it pretty good.

Elk Lake Resort is just 32 miles from Bend and is a great spot for beginners because you can rent boards at the resort and get right onto the water. Plus, getting used to balancing on a paddleboard is much, much easier on a flat lake than a sometimes swiftly moving river like the Deschutes.

Sparks Lake (25 miles from Bend) and Cultus Lake (42 miles from Bend) are amazing options to SUP. And this isn’t just a solo sport, plenty of families pile up onto boards for all day fun.

Stand up paddling

If you need anymore convincing as to why you have to get up and SUP at one of the High Cascade Lakes, there is a 10 mph speed limit at Elk Lake. That guarantees you’ll be surrounded by a sea of people who want to do just what you want to do – relax and enjoy the view.

Several local businesses rent paddleboards including Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, Sun Country Tours and Stand Up Paddle Bend.

Mackenzie Ballard
Mackenzie Ballard
Mackenzie Ballard is COVA's Marketing Manager and in-house videographer. She came to COVA after more than 5 years in front of a camera working as a TV journalist. Her true passion is writing. Growing up in Sandpoint, Idaho – Mackenzie spent her summers boating on Lake Pend Oreille and winters snowboarding Schweitzer. After graduating from the University of Idaho, Mackenzie tested out city-life in Portland; but bumper-to-bumper traffic and the rain finally took their toll on her and she packed up and headed to the High Desert. Now, it’s hard to get her to leave Bend, even just for the weekend. There are just too many amazing hikes, bike rides and camping spots to take advantage of in Central Oregon to go elsewhere.