When it comes to floating the Deschutes River in Central Oregon, the float in Bend is the easiest place for visitors to do so without signing up for a package tour.
This weekend we were on a mission to float the river near Tumalo, Central Oregon. We had heard rumors about floating in Tumalo but found very few details online (hence why we’re sharing our tubing experience from Tumalo State Park into town in this blog post).
f you’re driving to Central Oregon from Portland, Salem, or anywhere else along the Willamette Valley, you are in for a scenic drive! The following are the distances and approximate times for driving to Redmond and other parts of Central Oregon:
Portland to Redmond, Oregon: 145 miles, 3 hours
The walk to Steelhead Falls from the trailhead is a short 0.5 miles one way. The trail continues down the river, but the falls is the main attraction and most scenic viewpoint. This is also a popular area for fishing.
The Cline Butte Loop Trail is an easy-to-moderate hike in Eagle Crest, not far from Redmond, Oregon.
Redmond Cinemas was established in 1987 and though the exterior gives off the impression that the theater might be a bit dated, the four theaters inside are standard, modern screening rooms.
Cline Falls on the Deschutes River is a short walk with a beautiful viewpoint just off the Mackenzie Highway, near Eagle Crest resort. There are a number of places to approach the falls, but we think the view is best from the East side of the river.