This cherished, regional park had it’s beginnings as a donation to the community in 1920. Although the nearly 1,000-acre park has a paved road, three developed picnic sites and Aspen Hall within its boundaries, most of the park remains undeveloped.Shevlin Park is a haven located less than three miles from Bend and a perfect location for hiking, jogging, nature watching, fishing, cross country skiing and picnicking. There is an extensive trail and pathway system providing for both summer and winter uses. The park is also the site of Cougar Camp, a popular youth day camp offered by the District in the summer months.Tumalo Creek rambles through the park with several foot bridges providing opportunities to cross over to the eastern section of the park, the Shevlin Conservation Easement, which added approximately 44 acres to the east side of the park in 2002. The easement features a parking area with a viewpoint and is popular with hikers, joggers and mountain bikers.In 2017, the District added 329 acres south of the park with property formerly known as the Tree Farm development. This addition was made possible by a federal grant from the U.S. Forest Service Community Forest Program and a generous matching donation from the Tree Farm, LLC.As a nature reserve, no remote controlled devices are allowed at Shevlin Park.
Located in a beautiful setting, Aspen Hall features open-beamed ceilings, tile floors with wood framed windows and a full kitchen. It is popular for weddings, receptions and other celebrations. Learn more about renting Aspen Hall.
Aspen Meadow Picnic Shelter
This natural area offers a tranquil setting for field trips, receptions and picnics. Located close to the lower parking lot and first footbridge in Shevlin Park adjacent to Tumalo Creek and to the Shevlin Park trails. Capacity is 75 people.
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Shevlin Park Forest Management
Like much of Central Oregon‘s forests the exclusion of wildfire has created unsafe and unhealthy conditions in Shevlin Park. With the assistance of a National Fire Plan Grant, Bend Park and Recreation District is working with Deschutes National Forest and the Oregon Department of Forestry to improve the health and resilience of the old growth forest in the park. The goal is to return the park to a condition similar to that which settlers found near the turn of the last century. In the past fires would move through the area every 17 years or so according to research by foresters at COCC. This would leave a mosaic of a wide variety of plant species at various stages of maturity in a much more open and park like stand of very large old trees.
The district is using a variety of methods to acheive this goal including prescribed fire, brush mowing and thinning. People will occasionally see smoke coming from the park at times throughout the winter from burning slash piles. Since the Management Plan was implemented in 1992 nearly 200 acres of the 600 acre park have been treated. This work has been done by district staff with the help of many volunteers as well as prison inmates and the Forest Service. The district will continue to treat 30 to 50 acres a year, eventually getting to a point where thinning will be replaced by occasional brush mowing, and preferably, small prescribed burns that will replicate what used to happen throughout the millenia. The lessons learned from the 1990 Awbrey Hall Fire mandate that we proactively manage this community treasure.
New Interpretive Signage
Checkout the new signs for interpretive elements in the park.