Saturday, April 11, 2009
Places to Paddle: 60 miles from Bend, Oregon - Prineville Reservoir, Oregon
Paddling Season: Year Around (Not usually iced over in the winter)
Prineville Reservoir is about an hour drive from Bend, Oregon. Jerry Lear, a pioneer windsurfer in the Central Oregon area is well known for both his knowledge of the local lakes and his sailing ability. Jerry sent us this note and a Google map image with his windsurfing course mapped.
April 6, 2009: Here is the image of my Prineville Reservoir sail today. It is only 9 miles but it took me almost 4 1/2 hours. The wind was east initially and switched to west at the dam. That, of course, caused a huge dead area between the east and west winds so it took a bit to get home - even got a rescue offer from a nice guy in a boat. Whole lake turned to mirror just after I got back so good to be home.
See you soon, Jerry
NOTE: Prineville Reservoir is very popular with motorboats and jet skis, so unless you are on the water during the off-season, like Jerry (it can be VERY cold in April), you are usually going to be breathing a lot of engine exhaust. During the summer months, if you visit Bend, Oregon and are SUP Stand up Paddling, we recommend you stay to the Deschutes River and the High Cascade lakes that have 10 mph. limits. Check out our Places to Paddle titles for suggestions and stories about SUP standup paddling on the local central oregon high cascade lakes.