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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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  • If you're looking for a long rest stop or a picnic close to town, this little gem has it all - lots of grass and shady areas, public grills and picnic tables, a few easy trails, and access to a fairly...  more »
  • I have lived in Bend for 35 Years. Tumalo State Park is literally 3 minutes form my house. I have not gone in recent years as it has become quite the tourist attraction. Just recently a friend told me...  more »
  • Treat yourself and walk the trail along the edge of the Deschutes River. It's relatively flat and is a spectacular way to get acquainted to the river that's the beating heart of the Bend region. The c...  more »
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  • This park is close to Bend off Hwy 20. Watch closely for the park entrance sign and be prepared to turn immediately. We booked a 32ft tent space because all the utility spaces were full thinking it would be fine for our motorhome, but a large tree branch was in the way. The park ranger was able to put us in an extra utility/RV space they keep for emergencies. The park has lots of large rocks beside the roads so stay on the pavement. The full-service spaces were level but offered little privacy. Clean park with lots of park hosts and a great park along the river across the road. Lots of the campsites are very shallow giving the campground a crowded feel as most people were camping very close to the road. Nice amphitheater used for movie nights. Tubing on a gentle river nearby with Canoe launch area. Showers are clean, private rooms, and free. Modern adventure playground with in the campground. Lots of birds. No beach just shore of the river. Friendly camp hosts and ranger.
  • Sorry about the pic. I like the rails the had just installed. The park is fantastic. The river's over her banks this time of the year. They have tons of campsites, and yurts. Like always, plan well in advance.
  • Great, well-kept facility. Modern washrooms and showers, all in good repair and kept very clean by the diligent camp hosts. A terrific hub location for visiting the area. Beware if you're a light sleeper (and in a tent) there's quite a bit of highway noise, but this is no fault of the park. Prices are very reasonable - Oregon's funding model for its State Parks is commendable.
  • Love this park. Spent evening eating at picnic area and watching people swim in the river. There's 3 camping areas with showers available and electrical outlets in the bathrooms. I was here day before the total eclipse and all the motels and camp sites were booked out. This was a great place for a pit stop for me. Showers are $2 per person if rangers catch you though.
  • Fun environment, great scenery, nice walking trails
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