Surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest, Three Rivers’ residents have some of the most beautiful scenery in Central Oregon right out their backdoor. With stands of tall lodge pole and ponderosa pines, and tons of recreational fun on the community’s three namesake waterways, it’s easy to see why the area is so appealing. All this nature and recreation is also just 20 miles from the shopping, entertainment and restaurants of Bend. Three Rivers also has a veterinary clinic to make sure your pooch stays happy and healthy!
While Three Rivers is without any parks in town, there are tons of woofderful places to visit with your pooch just five miles away in Sunriver! The Sunriver Pathway is an especially pawsome place to walk your leashed dog, with 33 miles of paved trail to explore! This multiuse path has cleanup stations, interpretive signs and maps, restrooms and Wi-Fi, so you and Fido will have a pleasant walk and always know where you are!
The Sunriver Resort is a furrific place to stay the night with your pooch! With an abundance of pet-friendly rooms, you and your fur baby will surely feel welcome! The resort also has a puptacular eatery, the Twister River Tavern, where dogs are welcome on the porch.
With so much beautiful scenery and nearby fur-iendly amenities, pups give Three Rivers two paws up!
There’s two pawsome parks awaiting you and your leashed pup in Sunriver’s namesake neighborhood, about five miles from Three Rivers! You and Fido will love all the sights and smells at this neighborhood’s Paulina Park. There’s lots of open grassy space where you and your furry friend can relax or play, plus a paved walkway that connects to the 33-mile Sunriver Pathway! The rest of the family will have a blast at this beautiful park, too, as there’s a kids’ rock climbing wall, a playground, bocce ball courts, picnic tables and more. Just a short walk down the Sunriver Pathway, you and your pup can check out Fort Rock Park! There’s even more wide-open green space there, plus a picnic pavilion, a playground, basketball and tennis courts. This neighborhood is also home to some fur-iendly eateries, like the Village Bar and Grill!
Tail wagging trails is what you and your pup will find in the North Sunriver neighborhood! About five miles from Three Rivers, this area’s six-mile Sun Lava Path connects the community of Sunriver to the Deschutes National Forest’s Lava Lands Visitor Center. You and your leashed dog will love the hike through the tall pines on this paved trail as you make your way to the interpretive center that tells the story of the volcanoes that erupted in the area thousands of years ago! The paved trail tends to get a little warm for pooch paws on hot days, so be sure to plan your trip for a cooler morning or evening in the summer. The scenic Deschutes River Trail also winds through this neighborhood and has a dirt surface.
Romp in the woods with your four-legged friend in the North La Pine neighborhood, about eight miles from Three Rivers! This neighborhood’s La Pine State Park is a woofderful place to roam with your dog. With 13 miles of trail that wind through stands of lodge pole and ponderosa pines, Manzanita and ceanothus bushes, this stunning park has tons of wildlife, birds and beautiful views just waiting for you and your pup. Dogs are allowed to run the trails off-leash, so long as they stay within eyesight and under voice control. If your pooch has a little trouble following the rules, or just loves to socialize with other dogs, La Pine State Park also has a fully enclosed off-leash exercise area!
Like to paddle with your pup? Check out the East La Pine neighborhood, about 10 miles from Three Rivers! Home to high mountain lakes and creeks, this area has some pawsitively pawsome recreation areas for you and your pooch. Kayak, canoe or SUP on the stunning East Lake or the adjacent Paulina Lake within the Newberry Crater National Monument. While there’s a small fee for entrance, your pup won’t mind stopping while you pay since there’s free dog biscuits available at the park’s gateway. Once you and your leashed dog get to either of the lakes’ sandy shores, all your worries will melt away as you wade in the clear, calm and cool waters! It’s a woofderful spot for paddling with your pooch, camping or picnicking. For a puptacular nearby hike, try the 5.1-mile Peter Skene Ogden Trail on the Deschutes National Forest!
If you’re looking to get out of the house with the whole family plus Fido, visit La Pine’s Shaw Pine neighborhood, about 13 miles from Three Rivers! This neighborhood is home to the 10-acre Finley Butte Park! There’s plenty of grass where you and your leashed dog can stretch your legs and plenty of mature trees where you two can relax in the shade. Your two-legged children will love playing on the park’s playground, or burning off some energy on the ball fields. This park is pawpular for family gatherings as there’s a picnic area, restrooms and lots of open space!