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Drake Park Bend

Drake Park, just west of downtown Bend, is the city’s de facto living room—and one of its most popular destinations. The forested park sits at a curve in the Deschutes River and hosts plenty of shady space for picnicking, several pieces of public art, paved walking trails, and roughly a half-mile of riverfront views. Anglers enjoy fishing from the riverbank, and those floating the river in summer take their tubes out at the southern edge of the park—making it a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors alike. Every autumn, colorful foliage covers the park in a blanket of red, orange, and yellow. All year long, nearby Cascade Range peaks rise above the horizon. In spring and summer, Drake Park routinely hosts a variety of events. Every Independence Day, for instance, Bend’s July 4th Pet Parade—starring the many pets of Central Oregon—ends at the park. Later in summer, the popular Munch & Music festival features free concerts from local and regional acts on Thursdays between mid-July and mid-August. As part of the festivities, concertgoers enjoy food from local vendors and beer, wine, cider, and cocktails from local purveyors.

Open Season


Dog Friendly and/or Leash Rules

Leashed dogs are permitted in Drake Park, but not in Mirror Pond.

Best time to visit


Don’t Miss

Fall foliage blankets the park in leaves of red, orange, and yellow every October.

Fees or Pass Needed



Motorized vehicles and stock are not permitted in Drake Park.



Picnic Tables


Paddling Water Sports


Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.


Drake Park is about 0.5 mile west of downtown Bend via NW Franklin Ave. and NW Riverside Blvd.

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