Monday, May 4, 2009

Places to Paddle: In Bend, Oregon - Mirror Pond

Season: Year around. Can be iced over in the winter depending upon weather.

Weeping willows, Canada Geese and flocks of wild ducks looked on as Judy and Ed Shasek along with Al Paterson enjoyed their evening paddle in Mirror Pond in Bend, Oregon. Putting in at McKay Park they floated downstream and across Mirror Pond to the Newport Avenue Bridge.

Mostly shallow and slow-moving water on this stretch of the Deschutes River is damned at Newport Avenue by a very old and small hydro-electric dam. Drake Park on the East side and Harmon Park on the West side edge the pond along with some lovely vintage Bend, Oregon homes. The Galveston Avenue bridge (on the up-stream side of Mirror Pond) requires a crouch.
This is a lovely short paddle in the middle of the town of Bend, Oregon. During the summer Munch 'n Music concerts on Thursday evenings (July 10th thru Aug 14th, 5-8 p.m) you can listen to musicians and people watch at a safe distance from the crowds of thousands.

SUP_Shasek_Nwpt_Bridge.jpg Thanks Ed, Judy and Al for the photos.

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