Hood River, the Columbia River Gorge and White Salmon on the Washington side have become a mecca for water sports.
People flock from across the country to partake in windsurfing, white water rafting, kayaking (white water and flat water), canoeing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and fishing. Most people fish for Bass, Trout, Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon.
River Rafting on White Salmon
The White Salmon River, federally protected as a “Wild and Scenic River,” is breathtaking with combinations of classic whitewater and gorgeous scenery. Glacier-fed natural springs from Mt. Adams flow into the White Salmon River cascading through narrow cliff lined basalt canyons. The lower sections of the river, opened by the breach of Condit Dam in 2011, allow the White Salmon, for the first time in nearly 100 years, to flow freely to the Columbia River revealing some of the most dramatic scenery of canyons and waterfalls.
Wet Planet provides these adventures, which include continuous class III – IV rapids, that challenge even the most adventurous whitewater rafting guests. There are plenty of crystal clear pools to catch your breath. You might even catch a glimpse of wildlife in the forests that are only accessible from the river. This incredible whitewater rafting trip is highlighted by a vertical plunge over the legendary 10′ high Husum Falls (depending on water levels).
Stand-up Paddle Boarding & River Kayaking
Looking to try some stand up paddle boarding (SUP) or river kayaking? Gorge Paddling Center offers both SUP and river kayaking on the Columbia River in Hood River, Oregon.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding (SUP). SUP combines surfing and paddling into an activity that is adaptable for all ages and skill levels.
Flat water Kayaking
Come enjoy the scenery of the of the Columbia River Gorge with daily guided trips designed for individuals who have paddled very little or never before. Trips are planned according to experience level; relaxing and enjoyable for all paddlers.
Great for the adventurous individual looking to navigate their own whitewater rapids, lead by experienced guides.