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Tumalo State Park, Bend

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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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  • Plenty of activities to do in this area but hiking is probably our favorite. Easiest hike is to the platform to view the falls but an even better viewing point is under the falls, literally! There is ...  read more »
  • This state park has 3 camping loops but two of them close in early October, when we were there. The bathrooms are new and kept very clean. I recommend making a reservation, especially if you want an R...  read more »
  • Stayed for 3 nights while we hiked and mountain biked in the Bend area. Our site (16) was very small -- other sites were a bit bigger but none in the B and C loop had much privacy. A sites down by the...  read more »
  • Great camp site! Very nicely maintained and the staff was great. The showers were super nice and hot water. Had a great sink for cleaning dishes which came in handy since we were tent camping.
  • Very popular park. You got the river for constant floating within the park which is what my kids love. Nice to be able to walk into the water easily. Some grills and picnic tables for use
  • Very nice state park. Variety of RV, tent, yurt and group camping options. About 250 yard walk to the park along Deschutes River. Lots of families here over the weekend. Informative ranger talks.
  • A all time go to place for the whole family. Ideally Oregon with great spots along the river to relax, read, nap or picnic. Plenty of parking and restrooms. Fishing up along the riverbank with some amazing scenery. Close to town but still far enough away. A great hike up along the river but be careful along the rocks. Close to camping with great staff.
  • Incredibly cramped, non-enthusing, truck stop campsite. Unless you're camping with elderly people and young children this not the place to camp.. If you can even call it that. One star for the sake of the river and crickets.
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