Inner tubes have dotted the Old Mill stretch of the Deschutes River for weeks, a telltale sign that river recreation season is in full swing. While floaters, boaters and boarders navigate the seemingly serene summer waters, the Deschutes isn’t always idyllic.

Swift undercurrents and varying depths pose a major safety risk for rivergoers, said Brian Boyd, battalion chief and special operations team coordinator for Bend Fire & Rescue.

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Why not limit how many inner tubes are rented each day to maybe zero and thus cut down on the number of “inexperienced” on the “dangerous” river. They do kill all wildlife from Healy bridge to Drake park

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