Bend Whitewater Park (Formerly known as Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project)

The Colorado Avenue Dam improvements are well underway. Photos show the construction of the three channels in the Deschutes River: (1) a safe passage channel for boaters, paddleboarders and tubers, (2) a whitewater surfpark with four wave features and (3) a natural area with enhanced fish and wildlife habitat. The river will also have improved access from a new pedestrian bridge.

There will be a gathering to celebrate the whitewater surfpark on May 27th from 6-11pm at the Volcanic Theatre Pub. Check out the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance for more details.

View of the construction from the pedestrian bridge.

View of construction from the pedestrian bridge.

Large sandbags are used to form a cofferdam to divert water during construction.

Large sandbags are used to form a cofferdam to divert water during construction.

The boulders will form the permanent lining of the channels.

The boulders will form the permanent lining of the channels.

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