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!