The Enjoy Protect Respect committee strives to increase community engagement to enhance the overall health and usability of the Deschutes River. The Enjoy Protect Respect team believes that active engagement in river stewardship and respectful floating behavior are at the core of long-term river conservation and protection.

The Enjoy Protect Respect committee came to life with shared interests in launching a public awareness campaign to encourage locals and visitors to practice river stewardship by enjoying it safely, protecting the habitat and respecting the experience.

Every summer, boaters, stand-up paddlers, floaters, and swimmers flock to the river for activities. Among those, an estimated 240,000 floaters passed through Bend during the summer of 2017.  As a result, hundreds of pounds of garbage and unsecured personal belongings made their way into the river.

Let’s work together to promote a safe, responsible, and fun river experience that our community can enjoy for many years to come.

How you can help?

  • Enjoy the river safely by wearing a life jacket and securing your gear properly.
  • Protect the river by picking up your trash and belongings.
  • Respect the river by only entering and exiting at approved access points.

Join us on Saturday July 28, 2018 for the Deschutes River Clean-up event, hosted by the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. We need help removing harmful weeds, instream debris and various types of garbage from the river. Volunteers will meet at Riverbend Park at 10:00am for coffee, pastries, and volunteer instructions.

To learn more about Enjoy Protect Respect, visit or contact Jessica McDonald – 541-322-7454.


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