Nestled in the heart of sunny central Oregon, Tumalo rests along Oregon's spectacular Deschutes River. The campground is simultaneously close enough to the town of Bend to make an quick jaunt to the grocery store, but far enough away to escape the commotion. Its location makes it an ideal stepping stone for any outdoor activity you could dream of: lush green golf courses, clear blue-ribbon trout steams, pristine alpine lakes, miles of challenging and miles of scenic hiking and mountain bike trails.
Winter recreation is just down the road at Mt. Bachelor where skiers and snowboarders can experience some of the best powder in the state. If you are not fond of the lifts, there are miles of groomed Nordic trails and tons of snowy back-country areas to explore.
At dawn or dusk try casting for rainbow trout as they sip at mayflies and caddisflies. Grab your raft and float with your feet dangling into the cool water during the heat of the summer. Take a hike and explore one of the river trails that gently wind through the canyon.
Wildlife abound here. Watch deer forage for food just as the sun creeps below the rim of the canyon. Listen as coyotes perform their haunting call, announcing the sunset and the coming darkness. Come sunset, you can sit and watch the stars rise. All of this plus a quiet, quaint campground where your family can stay in a yurt, or camp in your own tent or RV.
Tumalo's day-use area sits on the banks of the Deschutes River and features picnic sites shaded by large ponderosa pines, junipers and alders. A wading area provides a popular spot to splash on a hot day.
A 2.4 mile Tumalo segment of the 12-mile Deschutes River Trail is accessible 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. This section of the river flows through a canyon with high bluffs on either side. Kayakers frequently pass by, and anglers will find many places on the river's edge to cast their lines. 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 on the OB Rile Road Bridge.This section offers access to some slow-moving sections of the river perfect for wading.
The lakes and rivers found within Oregon State Parks are open to unsupervised swimming. You are responsible for your own safety. Before you enter the water, you should judge your swimming skills against possible strong currents, cold water, underwater objects and steep drop-offs. Remember, that many of our natural bodies of water and man-made reservoirs are filled by snow runoff and remain cold year round. Please bring and wear a personal flotation device and swim with a buddy.
The original land for this park was a gift of 115 acres from Deschutes County in 1954. Other tracts were acquired by purchase and exchange up to 1984. In 1972, Deschutes County gave additional acreage to the state. It is thought that the name Tumalo comes from the Klamath Indian word "temolo," meaning wild plum.