Geography & Climate
Hood River County, Oregon, is located in the Columbia River Gorge in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Positioned at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and the magnificent Cascade Range, the County is known for its unusual mix of geology and climate—Cascade Locks on the western edge of the county sits at just 60 feet above sea level while the county’s south border soars to the 11,235 foot summit of Mt. Hood—Oregon’s tallest peak.
Hood River County (population 22,000) lies midway between the moist rain forest climate of Cascade Locks and the arid desert air of The Dalles. The Columbia River Gorge has federally protected status as a National Scenic Area. Its steep walls, coupled with a rapid average temperature change along this corridor, force strong winds to blow year-round through Hood River and give it its legitimate claim as the windsurfing capital of the world.