Powerdale Dam on the Hood River Removed!

by Zachary Collier

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.

Portaging the former Powerdale Dam on the Hood River

Portaging the former Powerdale Dam 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.

Site of the former Powerdale Dam on the Hood River

Site of the former Powerdale Dam on the Hood River

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!

Rafting the Hood River at the Confluence of the West Fork and East Fork

Rafting the Hood River at the Confluence of the West Fork and East Fork

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Zachary Collier

Zach is the owner of Northwest Rafting Company and has led groups throughout the U.S. as well as Siberia, Bhutan, Nepal, Honduras, and Chile. His passion for wilderness shines through how he runs both his trips and his company. He's as confident on the oars as he is on the chess board, while he delivers a truly memorable experience in the most amazing places on the planet.

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