News and Trail Report
There is a very important survey for you to take. Bend Parks and Rec (BPRD) has started work on the Deschutes River Access and Habitat Restoration Plan, which will determine future changes to 8 miles of riverfront property in 16 city parks managed by BPRD. Changes will comprise blocking of unofficial river access sites and development of official river access sites, potentially including access sites where off-leash dogs can safely swim in the river.
BPRD has formed a focus group of conservationists, outdoor recreationists (that includes us), and other interested parties. DogPAC was invited to participate in the focus group, which met for the first time on Feb. 5th, and will continue to meet through Spring, 2021, when the plan will be presented to BPRD’s board of directors for approval.
BPRD staff members heading the project have put a survey online to gather community input. The survey includes a number of questions about your use of the river in city parks for recreation with your dog. Your response could influence the development of dog-friendly access sites.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.
The DogPAC board
Did you know that the Forest Service is considering moving our winter trails to the area southwest of the Sunriver Cutoff? We will keep you updated on the progress of these discussions.
If you are interested in volunteering with DogPAC, please click on the Volunter tab above. Volunteer Job Descriptions are available through that link.
DogPAC is totally funded by your donations. Please consider helping us out. Your donation goes to winter grooming, maintenance of poop stations at various off-leash areas, and to educating the public to be responsible dog owners.
Practice good etiquette to sustain and expand your access.
Tips for off-leash areas (OLAs) and trails:
Most Important — always carry a leash and poop bags.
Pick up after your dog. If you're bagless on the trail, bury the poop - it'll be less offensive and will decompose faster.
Keep your dog in sight and under voice control, or on leash.
If your dog is not relaxed and friendly around people or other dogs, keep him on leash (and out of dog parks).
If you meet children, dog-averse people, dogs on-leash, mountain bikers, or horses on the trail, have your dog sit and stay, or leash up while they pass by.
When you visit an OLA, unleash and walk around with your dog. This will encourage good dog interactions.
If your dog does get into a problem situation, don't stand there and yell - go get him!
Even a good dog can be unpredictable, and not everone wants to meet your dog, even if he's friendly. Err on the side of caution and countesy. Remember, you are liable for any damange or injury caused by your dog.
Share these tips with a friend.
Off-leash Trail Activity Summary
Bruce Johnson, DogPAC Member
The DogPAC Board has been working with the Forest Service and the Bend Park Recreation District to enhance off-leash trail recreation opportunities near Bend. Several planned and proposed projects may have an impact on trails that are popular with people who like to walk, run or bike with their dogs on public lands.
South Urban Growth Boundary Footbridge. The Bend Park and Recreation District office is attempting to connect the urban portion of the Deschutes River trail with trails on US Forest Service lands south of the Bend Urban Growth Boundary. The proposal currently preferred by BPRD is to build a pedestrian footbridge across the river into the Good Dog! area near the downriver edge of the Forest Service property. If built, the footbridge will likely significantly increase foot and bicycle traffic along the Deschutes River frontage of the Good Dog! area. DogPAC Board members are working with a BPRD Citizens Advisory Committee to try to mitigate potential impacts. Concerned community members are encouraged to contact us or BPRD for additional information or comments.
DogPAC continues to work for opportunities to hike, bike, run and play with our dogs off-leash on public lands close to the population centers of Central Oregon.It has been shown that dog owners are much more likely to engage in recommended levels of physical activity than non-dog owners.Our dogs simply won’t accept “I don’t feel like getting out today” as a valid excuse for staying on the couch.More physically active people have fewer health issues like obesity and diabetes, thus reducing the health care burden on all of us.Providing the opportunity for dog owners to get out and exercise with their dogs is arguably one of the best possible uses of our public lands.
If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or offers to help our mission please share them with us. We could use your input.
Some of our activities and accomplishments
Look for these QR Code Donation Stickers
at Trailheads (links to PayPal)
Providing support to build a Spray Park for dogs at the Bob Wenger OLA at Pine Nursery OLA.
Provide information and promote responsible dog guardianship, especially relating to off-leash recreation.
Adopt and maintain the Deschutes River Trail and broader Rim Rock (Good Dog!) area between LOGE' and Meadow Camp.
Create, maintain, and groom Central Oregon's only groomed ski and snowshoe trails that allow dogs.
Provide poop bags and empty "poop trash" at Good Dog!, the Wanoga winter trail, and the Phil's Trail parking area.
Catalyze the relaxation of summer trail restrictions in the national forest (Deschutes River Trail and wilderness).
Sustain and expand forest and park off-leash access.
DogPAC's mission is to promote the health and enjoyment of dogs and their guardians through the provision of off-leash recreation opportunities in Central Oregon. We hope this site, our advocacy, and our on-the-ground work enhance your enjoyment of outdoor experiences with your dog. It is important for you and others that your dog behaves responsibly when off-leash.
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If you prefer mail over PayPal, mail a donation/membership check to us at DogPAC, PO Box 2091, Bend, OR 97709.
P.O. Box 2091
Bend OR 97709