The Powerdale Dam on the Hood River, which was just 4 miles from our main office in Hood River, was finally removed last month. Removal of this dam will increase water quality, make it easier for Salmon and Steelhead to travel upstream to spawn, and make it much easier to raft and kayak on the Hood River.
The Hood River has several great sections of whitewater but access was difficult and portaging the dam was not always worth the headache. Now that the dam is gone, it will be easier to put-in and take-out at the previous dam site and the danger associated with portaging the dam has been eliminated.
The Hood River swells to a healthy flow after the heavy Northwest winter rains begin and also in the spring from April-June when Mount Hood's snow is melting. It flows through stunning narrow gorges with thick, emerald green forest lining its banks . We're excited that the improved access will allow us to offer rafting trips on the East Fork, West Fork, and Main Hood River this spring!
The West Fork of the Hood River is the best Class IV run in the Columbia Gorge. It has consistently fun rapids, two beautiful basalt gorges, and is fun at a wide variety of flows. Most people take-out just above Punchbowl Falls, which is a great lower leg work out for kayakers and a rope challenge for rafters. Difficulty: Class IV Length: 5.5 miles Gradient: 82 fpm Put-In: Lake Branch Take-Out: Punchbowl Falls Flow: 4.5 to 7 feet Hood River at Tucker Bridge. Class V at...
Well it was another great weekend at The 32nd Annual Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival. The lower water brought new race strategies, new lines, and fierce competition. There was a little bit of rain, but that didn't keep people away from getting on the river and enjoying the weekend. SOTAR, AIRE, Maravia, and NRS had rafts for people to demo, while Dusty's River Logistics, ReRack, and Goodwater Boat Works were providing shuttles all day. A huge thanks to all of them for making it possible do make...