Columbia River / Rufus (Desert)

Continent
North America
Country
Oregon (USA)
Next Big City
Portland
Next Town
Hood River
 
Type:
River
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Camping, Toilet, Parking

Water

Type:
Chop, Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
Currents, Ships, Jetskis, Rocks, Stones
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Tide independent

This is the Gorge, kiting on the Columbia River. Conditions range from chop to rolling swell when it has 30+ knots. Fast current, do not ride alone or you can loose your board quickly.

Beach

Type:
Sand, Pebbles, Rocks
Size:
Small
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
None

Beach consists of round pebbles. Watch out for very hot launches, best to launch from the point.

Wind

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

Wind goes psycho when from the North. Forecasts reliable. Rufus works when there is a cloud line on Hood River, sucking the wind straight east. Winds can be very steady but also very gusty.



How to get there

Transport
Car, Boat
Access
Short walk

Take Rufus exit from I84 about 1 1/2 hours east of Portland airport or 40 min east from Hood River. Off freeway, head towards the river, take a left and go to the end of the road.

Extra information

Rules
None

Good camping spot.

Nightlife

Portland or Hood River is probably your best bet.