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Ride the River

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ride the River shuttle will not operate in 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience. 


Ride the River is the popular shuttle that transports floaters on the Deschutes. The shuttle is a convenient option that decreases dependence on parking along Drake Park and the multi-car shuffle. Floaters can ride the shuttle for $3.00, and enjoy unlimited rides all day. CET’s Ride the River shuttle service begins in mid-June and runs through Labor Day. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, if there is a higher volume of floaters, buses run every 15 minutes. Service may be reduced or canceled based on inclement weather including cooler temperatures, rain and thunderstorms.

The Cascades East Transit Ride the River shuttle begins and ends at Park & Float with stops at Riverbend Park and Drake Park. Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe offers rental of river tubes, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and complementary life jackets for children and adults. Rentals are also offered year-round from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. Contact Tumalo Creek or call 541-317-9407 for information about renting tubes and hours.


Want to avoid the crowds and long lines on those hot summer days? Start your float earlier between 11 AM and 2 PM or later between 4 PM and 7 PM for a more relaxed river experience with easy shuttle access.


The 2019 season will run June 15 through September 2 (Labor Day), Monday-Sunday.

June 29 – September 2 Shuttle Schedule (all departure times from Drake Park)

1:00 PM
1:15 PM
1:30 PM
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM
4:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:15 PM
5:30 PM
5:45 PM
6:00 PM
6:15 PM
6:30 PM
6:45 PM


Start at Park & Float. Take the shuttle to Riverbend Park to begin your float. Caution: there are rapids at Bend Whitewater Park. Be prepared or exit the river and walk around. Continue your float to Drake Park and exit after Galveston Ave. bridge. Take shuttle to return to Park & Float

  • Please provide exact change ($3.00) when purchasing your wristband. Drivers do not have the ability to make change.
  • Please line up in a single file while waiting for the next available bus.
  • If you are in a vehicle, do not park in the loading zone for Ride the River at either the Drake Park Ride the River bus stop or at the Bend Park and Recreation admin office.
  • If the bus or trailer is at capacity before the scheduled departure time, the bus may depart early.
  • Passengers are responsible for their own flotation device/tubes and must travel on the same bus as the flotation device/tube. CET is not responsible for lost or stolen tubes.

Service may be temporarily suspended due to inclement weather. Check the service alerts for updates.

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