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.