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Tumalo State Park, Bend

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Tumalo State Park is a well-developed state park in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. Established in 1954, the park is located northwest of the city of Bend and along the Deschutes River at a site home to many bird species. The park is popular for picnics, swimming, fishing, hiking, and camping, and is open year-round.HistoryTumalo State Park was established in 1954. It is located approximately 5mi northwest of Bend. The park preserved a scenic portion of the Deschutes River where basalt cliffs extend down to the river. It also created a day-use picnic area and a public campground. The original 115acre were given to the State of Oregon by Deschutes County. Minor property adjustments have been made over the years. In 1959, the state returned 1acre to the county for a road right of way across the southern part of park. The road connected residents living south of the park with the old highway. In 1960, the state purchased an additional 3.5acre. A year later, the state granted another road easement to the county, allowing Johnson Road to cross the western corner of the park. This reduced the park's area by 0.8acre. In 1963, a third road right of way reduced it by another 0.7acre. In 1972, the county gave an additional 191acre to the state to expand the park. Additional land purchases and exchanges over the next decade brought the total park property to 330acre.
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  • It is great to have such a convenient tent camping option close to a fun city like Bend. I have been coming here off & on for years. As with many outdoor places, it has become more popular and harder ...  more »
  • Wow, Oregon has top notch campgrounds. Free showers (and yes with hot water). This place is great because it is so close to Bend,so there is lots to do and great places to eat and drink.  more »
  • We have stayed at Tumalo at least a dozen times. It is in a great location. They day use area is beautiful, right on the banks of the Deschutes River. The campground is very well maintained; hookups a...  more »
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  • Pretty great little park for family fun. Other people here were respectful and nice. Large area with plenty of open space and beach for everyone to share. Classic state park with a few bbq pits and pay for parking. Overall though great place to check out.
  • Great urban campsite where we were able to post up and bike into Bend for breweries! When we got there our site was occupied and the camp hosts let us use a free one rather than try and move the others (it was late, trying to avoid conflict). We appreciated that but we ended up by a the trash and by the entrance rather than in our more secluded site which was a bummer. Would definitely stay there again though.
  • Nice grass area and shaded areas. Right next to the Deschutes River. Good for tubing or wading in the water. Also a campground and yurt rentals. No playground
  • My favorite place. Great for kids the river is super slow. We go for a picnic all the time
  • Close to the river, playground for the kids, handicapped accessible bathrooms and showers. Friendly helpful park hosts too!

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Since many people come to Bend to experience the outdoors, it's no surprise that many lodges and bed and breakfasts here are designed to resemble log cabins. Consider a stay near the scenic Deschutes River for scenic views. You'll find a few chain hotels with comfortable standard rooms in the downtown area.
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