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The community of Culver started as a post office in 1900, formally incorporated as a city in 1946—and hasn’t changed much in the decades since. Sitting between Redmond and Madras, the cozy community harkens back to Central Oregon’s earlier years with small-town charm to spare. That means fun annual festivals, friendly eateries, and easy access to outdoor recreation.
Given its location, tucked away from US-97, chances are slim you’ll happen to pass through Culver on your next trip through the region. So here are a few reasons why you should get off the beaten path and explore the historic community.
Culver, Oregon Map
Need to find your way around Culver—and to some of the must-see sites outside of town? This map offers an
introduction to Culver and the surrounding region.
Plan your adventure to Central Oregon.
Boomerang Bike Rental
The Pedego Boomerang is the most accessible electric bike ever. The ultra-low, 9” step-thru frame makes riding fun and easy for more people.A Pedego electric bike rental is the very best way to experience Bend and beyond! The nearby bike trails are safe and breathtakingly beautiful.Visitors always say it’s the most fun and memorable activity of their trip. And locals are surprised to find such an amazing experience right in their own backyard.Wherever you’re from, we’ll bend over backward to make sure you leave with a giant smile on your face!We deliver and pick up for Rentals watch for upcoming Rental Tent Locations. Let have some social distancing” FUN ”Locks and helmets are included with every rental.
$30 - $60
Cascade Lakes Kayak Tours
Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range.Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for canoe tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range. Naturalist Guided Experience: Our renowned naturalist guides will highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes that might not initially meet the eye. During our 2 hours on the water, along with the fun and sun, we may impart an understanding of the region’s geology- how fire and ice built and sculpted our landscape. Or we might highlight how wetlands surrounding the lake provide incredible habitat for vocal avians amped on finding great lakeside food! Your crew will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour. Location: Wear your swimsuit for a refreshing dip along with eco-friendly sunscreen! You’ll see parts of these large lakes that are only accessible by paddling into the fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient eruptions and erosion. With sweeping views of our local mountains, our Bend, Oregon canoe tours have it all!Our kayaks are tandem sit-on-top models, which are comfortable, fun, and easy to paddle. Kayak tours are best for those over the age of 8, and the weight limit is 450 lbs per kayak. If you want to paddle with younger kids, consider our Canoe Tour!
$70 - $95
Besides comfort, the Day Dock provides some privacy for you and your group. It is your own private "beach." Includes BBQ, tables and chairs for 32, umbrellas, changing rooms, day bed, and an upper deck with a stellar view. Dogs are allowed! The Day Dock stays tied to the shore for easy access to bathroom facilities at the resort. There's a ladder on the swim dock and plenty of cleats to tie up your water toys, boats, and kayaks.
$300 - $400
Lava Tube Cave Tours
Did you know there is a vast network of caves near Bend, Oregon? Strap on a helmet and headlamp and join our naturalist guides for a fun, educational, underground adventure! These tours are a great Bend, Oregon family activity. Please Note: We do not visit Lava River Cave (operated by the Deschutes National Forest)Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for cave tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this epic subterranean tour on Bend’s ponderosa pine-studded high desert. Our renowned naturalist guides will highlight sweet bits of these cool caverns that might not initially meet the eye. Naturalist Guided Experience: During our 2 hours underground, in the darkest, quietest spot earth can provide, we may impart an understanding of the region’s geology- how massive volcanoes created these wonders. Or we might share how the cave habitat provides for creatures important to human life. Your crew will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour. Caves: Bend’s lava caves have a delicate ecosystem that few have experienced to the fullest! Wanderlust Tours is the only guide company permitted in these special lava caves. These caves are also wild, meaning they do not have a paved path or lighting. Closed toe shoes are recommended for navigating the uneven rocky surfaces. Cave Difficulty: Mother Nature has created a wonderfully diverse array of caves that offer a variety of experiences. All of the caves we visit are wild, meaning other than the staircase to enter them there are no man made improvements put into the caves (walkways or lights). The walking surface is uneven and can be varying degrees of rugged and rocky.In our estimation, this cave presents a moderate degree of difficulty as it involves many fun opportunities for scrambling up/down/around rocky areas and crawling through short passages.On all our cave tours, our guides are attentive to keeping the pace suitable to all members of the group so that everyone can move at a comfortable speed.
$70 - $95
Shoes, Brews & Views Snowshoe Tours
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for snowshoe tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us to go splashing through the powdery snow in the Cascade Mountains west of Bend, Oregon. Bend? You mean where incredible beer is brewed for sipping splendor? YES!Naturalist Guided Experience: Shoes, Brews and Views says it all- snowshoe to a serene spot, sip suds in true Bend fashion and wonder at inspiring views while at it! This is the Bend lifestyle in which our tour will fill your spirit and mind. Following animal tracks, eating some lichens and running downhill in playful powder demands tasty libations as a reward- whether a locally crafted hopped beverage or root beer for the kids it all goes down well in the forest surrounded by visually splendid peaks. And get this connection, the no-impact-nature of our snowshoe tour produces no adverse affect on what becomes the water for the beer you drink on this experience. Baby, that’s goodness! Location: Snowshoeing tours take place in the areas around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. New to off-trail snowshoeing? Let Wanderlust Tours do the driving and teach you fun snowshoeing techniques and tricks. All tours include instruction. Wear winter boots and powder/ski pants to keep your feet and legs dry while snowshoeing.Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs on our tours. Please reach out to Ponderosa Paws for your dog-sitting needs.
$70 - $100
Smith Rock Sunset Photo Tour
If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs, hikes and mountain bike trails in the park, so we can often see several climbers as well as some wildlife including golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otters and beavers.This tour can include some moderate hiking, or we can shoot right from the parking lot. We'll show you our favorite shots based on how active you want to be.Private Tour capped at 2 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.You'll have around 2 hrs on location. We'll keep shooting up to 30 mins after sunset. A night photography extension can be added.Tour Price: $299 up to 2 people
Bend City and Lava Lands Helicopter Tour
We’ll take you on an unprecedented 360 helicopter tour of this amazing lava formation that changed the course of the Deschutes River before heading past the scenic Benham Falls, Dillon Falls, and Lava Island Falls then back along the Deschutes to Bend. Look down below in the spring and summer months and you might just catch a glimpse of the white water rafting groups negotiating Big Eddy’s class 4 rapids.Year Round Tours and Adventures in Bend, OregonWith stunning snow-capped Cascade Mountain views to our left and right our helicopter pilots will take you and your friends on a 40 mile scenic helicopter tour of Bend, Oregon “Beertown USA.” You’ll be thrilled by the iconic stacks of Bend’s Old Mill District, our all new Deschutes River Water Park, summer concerts and other exciting sights from the air. On this scenic helicopter tour you’ll fly to our local lava flows at Lava Lands State Park a National Volcanic Monument where you’ll experience scenic views of over one million acres of pristine wild lands. This helicopter flight and scenic tour offers exciting flight options for sunset flights, sunrise tours, winter tours, and summer tours. You can also personalize this helicopter tour to suit your timeframe and needs.Bend, Oregon Lava Land Tours Lost in TimeOver the past 300,000 years massive volcanic eruptions have left many volcanic scars outside of Bend. You may have visited Lava Lands on a local tour and walked through the ancient flows but seeing their sheer size from the air offers a unique look into the awesome power of Mother Nature. Experience lava flows on our helicopter tours that have been frozen for all time just as they happened, devoid of life for thousands of years.The Helicopter TourWe’ll take you on an unprecedented 360 helicopter tour of this amazing lava formation that changed the course of the Deschutes River before heading past the scenic Benham Falls, Dillon Falls, and Lava Island Falls then back along the Deschutes to Bend. Look down below in the spring and summer months and you might just catch a glimpse of the white water rafting groups negotiating Big Eddy’s class 4 rapids.Helicopter Tour Gift CertificatesCorporate gift giving, holidays and birthdays means exciting Gift Certificates for Bend’s best scenic flights and tours through the stunning Cascade Range and beyond. Book today and give the gift of exciting memories to those you love on this amazing fall/winter tour. Guaranteed good weather flights. You’ll love getting up close to The Old Mill and the Lava Lands State Park. Breathtaking views are all yours to discover. Book Today!
MAIN COURTOur main court has 26 trampolines, and is surrounded on 2 sides by angled trampoline walls. It includes a super-long jumping and tumbling runway. The main court also contains multiple raised and padded features to add to the excitement. We know, it’s awesome.VALOJUMPValoJump is an interactive trampoline game platform that combines the fitness and exercise benefits of a trampoline with high definition graphics and video game play. The player literally jumps into the game to play solo in SkyTails, Trax, and Toy Watch or go head to head with Stomp.EXTREME DODGE ATTACKOur Extreme Dodgeball court, which is made up of 12 connected trampolines with a raised neutral ground in the center and 3 interactive targets. Use the raised neutral ground as an advanced attack position or duck behind it for protection. Whatever you do, come prepared to have some fun and don’t forget to bring your “A Game.”GIANT AIRBAGHave you ever wondered what it would be like to jump and be caught by a cushion of air? We have you covered! Adjacent to the main court is our giant AIRBAG with two entry trampolines, and one with an angled wall so that you can ricochet yourself off of it into the airbag. With our set-up, the options are endless.TODDLER ZONEFinally, we have an area that is just for kids 46 inches and shorter. Kids under the age of 5 are allowed access to the entire park when accompanied by a parent, but this area is designed for tiny people only. Parents are not allowed to jump inside this area but are asked to continue to supervise those kids under age 5. This area of the park has 3 connected trampolines with a mini foam pit and tons of shapes to climb up, on, under, and over. Your little ones are sure to love this area!
$3 - $20
Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight
THE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE You're invited to join us for an unforgettable experience! Big Sky Balloon Co. is the premier balloon ride operator in Central Oregon. Our hot air balloon flights float you gently over one of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, encompassing high desert terrain of juniper and sage, volcanic rim rock, deep river canyons, and rural farmland. It all begins at our launch site next to Smith Rock State Park, whereupon take-off you will gently rise up and over one of the most photographed land features in the entire Northwest. As we ascend you will take in the breathtaking panorama of the Central Cascade Mountains which include views of at least nine peaks on a clear day. Also keep an eye out for wildlife and many different birds of prey including Brown and Bald Eagles, Red-Tail Hawks, and Great Horned Owls just to name a few. Ballooning is a real hands-on experience and we welcome you to help with the inflation and deflation of the balloon if you like. After a short safety briefing from your pilot, the inflation begins and you'll watch as this "gentle giant" comes to life. About 15 minutes later the balloon will be upright and ready for lift-off. Following the flight, we'll shuttle you back to the launch site to enjoy a traditional sparkling cider toast. Total time about three hours.DETAILSWe operate flights from Smith Rock Ranch in Terrebonne OR, about a 30-minute drive north of Bend. When preparing for your flight with us remember to dress warmly and in layers. Early mornings are always cool in the high desert, but it warms up quickly and you'll want to adjust accordingly. Temperatures in flight are actually much warmer than on the ground. A hat and comfortable shoes or boots are recommended, no open-toed shoes or sport sandals. We conduct one flight a day early in the morning when wind conditions are calm and the air is stable. Safety is our top priority, flights are conducted only when the weather and wind conditions are favorable. Departure times vary from 6 AM-8 AM depending on the time of year. You will check in the night before your scheduled flight to confirm the meeting time, we typically like to be in the air within 1 hour of sunrise.Flight time is approximately one hour with the entire experience taking about three hours. We can carry up to six passengers per flight, the cost is $250/person for 2 and $225/person when booking 4 or more. Please inquire about private charters. All passengers must sign the Flight Waiver prior to their scheduled flight.
$225 - $250
Things to Do in Culver, Oregon
The best way to experience Culver is to enjoy the city as the locals do. That means whiling away an afternoon at the park, munching on savory burgers and sandwiches, and attending a beloved community celebration. Here are a few fun things to do in Culver, Oregon.
Get outside at Culver City Park: Who says you need to travel far for outdoor fun? Culver City Park, in the heart of town, hosts a baseball field, basketball hoops, a covered picnic shelter, children’s play area, horseshoe pits, and other fun attractions for the whole family.
Grab a bite to eat: First Avenue runs north-south through Culver—and is home to a handful of restaurants dishing delicious pub grub and classic American fare. Beetle Bailey Burgers, for instance, is a favorite among locals for its wide variety of burgers (with more than a dozen specialties on the menu), as well as sandwiches and fried seafood and chicken items. Another popular stop along First Avenue is Juniper Cove Bar and Grill, which offers steaks, burgers, salads, and sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. Is your stomach grumbling yet? Learn more about restaurants in Culver, Oregon.
Check out the Culver Crawdad Festival: Every August, Culver honors the humble crawdad—a small, freshwater crustacean that looks a bit like a lobster—with a community-wide celebration: the Culver Crawdad Festival. The festivities usually include a parade through town, a day-long festival with vendors and live entertainment, and (naturally) a crawdad dinner afterward.
Things to See in Culver, Oregon
Culver sits in the heart of a fertile valley—and is surrounded by Central Oregon’s high desert. Naturally, there’s plenty of scenic beauty to enjoy around Culver. Here are some of our favorite sites to see in the area.
Take in the High-Desert Views at Haystack Reservoir: Less than 10 minutes southeast of Culver, Haystack Reservoir is a popular springtime and summertime destination. Between April and October, the reservoir is used to store and regulate the delivery of irrigation water to nearby users—and is unsurprisingly popular for its water-based recreation. A fishing platform can be found on the lake’s northwestern shore (rainbow trout and brown trout populate the reservoir, especially in spring and early summer), paddlers enjoy views of the Three Sisters and Mount Jefferson to the west, swimmers appreciate the reservoir’s cool waters at the height of summer, and three campgrounds invite visitors to stay the night.
Enjoy some of Central Oregon’s Best Views at The Cove Palisades State Park: Just 15 minutes west of Culver is The Cove Palisades State Park, a year-round outdoor destination that comprises the scenic Deschutes and Crooked River canyons (good for more than 30 miles of flat-water paddling), two campgrounds, a marina with seasonal boat rentals, several miles of hiking trails, and more—all in the heart of the Central Oregon high desert. One of the park’s more popular hiking trails—the Tam-a-láu Trail—affords views of Lake Billy Chinook (one of the many scenic lakes in Central Oregon), as well as several Cascade peaks to the west. And if you’re looking for other parks around the region, we’ve put together a page on national and state parks in Central Oregon.
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Fall is Prime Time for Central Oregon Fly Fishing for Steelhead on the Deschutes
It’s no accident that the fabled Oncorhynchus mykiss, aka steelhead trout, is dubbed the “fish of a thousand casts” It’s not uncommon for novice steelhead anglers to fish for years without ever tying into, let alone landing, one of these powerful and acrobatic sea-run rainbow trout. There’s also a reason why they keep trying.