Flowing lazily through Bend thanks to a small dam, the otherwise wild and turbulent Deschutes River pools up to form the serene Mirror Pond. Sitting at the heart of downtown Bend, this beautifully reflective pond provides locals and visitors with the perfect summer stroll amid the massive Ponderosas along the bank. Kayaks and river floaters share the pond with the swans and ducks, and footpaths wind along the shoreline. Warm summer nights bring thousands along the shore to enjoy concerts every week. Car shows, farmers markets, concerts, and countless other festivals fill the shady green lawns of adjacent Drake Park throughout the year.
Do locals take quaint little Mirror Pond for granted? Sometimes. Afterall, a 20 minute drive can put you among dozens of remote high alpine lakes, deep in the Cascade Range. Yet despite its diminutive size and pedestrian traffic, this shiny pond provides daily respite from the bustle modern life. Whether you’re a Bend local or in town for the slopes or trails, do yourself a favor and enjoy a nice stroll, bike ride, or picnic along Mirror Pond.
All of the above can also be said about our Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Tried and true, a blend of wild and civilized, our award winning Mirror Pond Pale Ale embodies all that is great about Bend. So whether at our pub, at the Munch ‘n Music festival, or at home, keep the Mirror Pond flowing!
Author of “All Around Bend” & Deschutes Brewery employee