Tumalo State Park: What to Know Before You Go

Tumalo State Park: What to Know Before You Go

Tumalo State Park: What to Know Before You Go

21 Jul 2022

Tumalo State Park
Tumalo Creek Trail

Where is Tumalo State Park?

Nestled in the heart of scenic and sunny central Oregon, Tumalo State Park sits along Oregon’s spectacular Deschutes River four miles north of Bend. Its location makes it an ideal base camp for endless outdoor activities: lush green golf courses, crystal clear streams full of rainbow trout, pristine alpine lakes, and miles of scenic hiking and mountain bike trails. 


Tumalo’s day-use area rests on the banks of the Deschutes River, and features picnic sites shaded by majestic ponderosa pines, junipers and alders. There is also a wading area perfect for taking a dip on a hot day.  

  • 2 first-come first-serve group picnic areas are open seasonally. For additional details and how to reserve, go to oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com
  • Flush toilets close in winter; however, a portable toilet is on site. 

Day use hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. year-round. A day use parking permit is required, and can be purchased on-site.  

Deschutes River Trail 

A 2.4-mile Tumalo segment of the 12-mile Deschutes River Trail can be accessed from the day-use area parking lot. The trail follows the Deschutes River south 1.4 miles to Riley Ranch Nature Reserve, which offers additional trails. Bikes are not allowed on this section of the trail, and dogs are not allowed at Riley Ranch. The trail also continues north along the river for a mile. To access it, cross the river from the OB Riley Road Bridge. This section of the trail offers access to some slow-moving parts of the river perfect for wading.  

Deschutes River Trail

Note: Tumalo Falls is not located near Tumalo State Park. This scenic landmark is about a 45-minute drive southwest of the park. 

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