Continent
North America
Country
Washington (USA)
Next Big City
Portland
Next Town
Hood River, White Salmon
 
Type:
River
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
None

Water

Type:
Chop, Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
Currents, Ships, Fishernets, Buoys, Bridge, Rocks, Stones
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Rolling swells, big with smooth water.

Beach

Type:
Sand, Rocks, Stones
Size:
Depending on Tide
Hazards:
Rocks, Stones, Road, Cars, Fence
Beach Users:
April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Weather

Spring:
Normal, Thick
Summer:
Shorts, Shorty
Fall:
Normal, Thick
Winter:
Thick

Wind

Best Months:
June, July, August, September
Wind Type:
Thermal
Best Direction:
SW, W
Main Direction:
W

Spring: March to May, light winds 12-20, somewhat finicky. Summer: June to early September, windy, 15-35, pretty solid. Fall: September to October, light to moderate winds, but very steady: 13-25. The wind is usually gusty. Main direction westerlies. Works in SW and W. With the right wind direction the wind is nice and steady with good strength.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Long walk

From Portland get to Hood River. In Hood River get to the sand bar in Columbia River and launch from there. Then you need to go upwind to the north of the river to the bridge over the White Salmon River. There is very limited parking on Washington 14. Back in parking only. Walk along fence toward bridge, cross under bridge to limited launch area. Stay off railroad tracks!

Extra information

Rules
Other

If you can't relaunch or something happens and you need to swim back it can be quiet dangerous. If you can't ride home, swim towards the bridge, walk under the bridge and hitch a ride to Hood River. Stay off the railroad tracks!

Nightlife

No information