River Walk from The Old Mill-South Loop (Bend)

Home » Birding Locations » Deschutes County » Bend Area

Tumalo Falls

More Info Directions

Tumalo State Park

More Info Directions

Shevlin Park

More Info Directions

Entrada/Awbrey Hall Burn (Bend)

More Info Directions

River Walk from The Old Mill-North Loop (Bend)

More Info Directions

Twin Bridges

More Info Directions

Robert W. Sawyer State Park (Bend)

More Info Directions

NF 430 Off Skyliners Road

More Info Directions

Drake Park (Bend)

More Info Directions

First Street River Trail (Bend)

More Info Directions

Deschutes River Trail

More Info Directions

Tumalo Reservoir

More Info Directions

Seasons

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Location

There are multiple access points in the Old Mill District. Basically, there is a sidewalk pathway that covers the whole area on the east side of the Deschutes River and then crosses the river and runs along the west side. A walk that encompasses a loop around the entire area would start near the Colorado Street Bridge and end in Farwell Bend Park.

South Loop – From the Bend Parkway (Hwy 97) take exit 139 to Reed Market Road. Take Reed Market west for 0.7 miles to a parking area near the Farewell Bend Park foot bridge. From here, you have your choice of walking east for a mile along the river or you can cross either of the bridges mentioned above and make a short loop.

Old Mill Website

Directions

Habitat and Birds

The Deschutes River winds through this urban center and is lined with paved paths and green areas. Waterfowl are present year round and often produce rarities like Red-breasted Merganser, Ross’s Goose, Greater Scaup, and Red-necked Grebe. Hooded Mergansers and Barrow’s Goldeneye are common. Gulls and the occasional raptor also will make periodic appearances. Unusual birds that have appeared here include Cackling Goose, Snow Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-necked Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Short-billed Gull, Iceland Gull (Thayer’s) and Black Phoebe.

Discussion