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“Great staff, great location”

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Excitement. Adventure. Community.That's what we're all about here at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. We're your locally owned and operated paddling shop creating life-long paddlers for over a decade. Visit us at our retail store and learning center, located right on the banks of the Deschutes River, just downstream from the Old Mill District. Sign up for classes, take a full-day river tour, or browse the largest selection of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes and rafting gear in Central Oregon.Our staff has over a hundred years of combined experience exploring remote coastlines, leading sea kayaking tours from Mexico to Alaska, and navigating some of the world’s most challenging whitewater. And while we love to share our stories, we’re most interested in hearing yours: Let’s get you out on the water with the knowledge, skills and gear you need to enjoy a safe and comfortable afternoon paddle or a full-on sea expedition. And then make sure to come back and tells us all about it.We’re open 24/7 at our new online store. We’re always happy to price match and we want to make it as easy as we can to help you support local business.
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We spent 2 nights in Bend and wanted to kayak or canoe. A waiter at a brew pub recommended Tumalo and we weren't disappointed. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and the location made it so easy to get on the river - walked out the back door and put in!! We were looking for a couple hours to spend and the standard route people take when on the river was perfect for us.

The only difficulty was finding the entrance. It sits down below a bunch of other retail locations and if it was well marked we didn't see it.

Thank Douglas P
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The only reason why I didn't give it a 5 was because I would have enjoyed a few more pointers on how to paddle well. I had fun, but gosh I did not get far. My technique sucked hahaha but that isn't there fault. It was a tad bit pricey, but worth it. We had a blast and the staff was super friendly. Loved it!

1  Thank Pinaysis09
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

so quiet, peaceful and relaxing fantastic wildlife watching got there early in the am - approx 10...kayaked for two hours and picnicked...it was most relaxing...the drive was interesting...seeing the mountains so close was most enjoyable

1  Thank pattimurphy98
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Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

The staff was energetic and helpful. The kayaking was fun, scenery beautiful. The only problem was finding the actual store entrance. There were no signs at the entrance to direct you to the lower parking lot and store. We actually gave up and started to head home when we saw the store while we were on Colorado Ave bridge. We turned around and ended up having a great time.

1  Thank Jaylee27313
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This was a great lesson! We started out on the back lawn and had a little discussion of what was going to take place. Then we got in the river.

Hank, (the instructor) is extremely knowledgeable. He went over everything from currents and eddys to actual paddling techniques. He demonstrated how to paddle to reduce fatigue, and where to position your boat, (kayak or canoe) when starting out on the course.

We paddled the actual course, and made multiple turns around the bouys. Practice, Practice and practice some more.

The staff here is wonderful. From helping launch boats to selling boats, they are just fantastic. Everything is done with a smile and "Can Do" attitude.

If you are ever in the market for a kayak or canoe, they have everything! Absolutely everything you could ever want to put on the water. Fishing kayaks, Hobie sailing kayaks, recreational and sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards too. And all the gear and accessories to go with it.

They are a local shop and greet the locals by name. They have lessons on the river, they have day tours and kids camps. They even have extended trips to the San Juan Islands and a Panama trip.

1  Thank 4duffy2
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