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The Deschutes River in Bend has been bent to the civic will for quite some time. That has turned the river’s course into Mirror Pond along Drake Park, and the waters just upstream of the pond have long been obstructed by the dangerous low-head Colorado Dam. Now the city of Bend is rebuilding the dam to permit passage for recreationists and fish. Part of the plan includes a whitewater course, leading to new recreation and competitive event possibilities for the area. Work should be completed by late 2015, but the waterway will be closed to traffic until the work is complete. The Oregonian has more: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/01/bend_parks_and_recreation_buil.html#incart_river