Wind & Water 2018-07-18T15:49:20+00:00

Wind & Water

It’s almost paradoxical that in the heart of an area known for its scenic wonders, it is an invisible force that shaped the region. The only thing more abundant than pears in Hood River is the wind.  For more information about waterfront recreation click here.

Zach Dischner


Known as the windsurfing capital of the world, it’s a given we have lots of wind in Hood River County. With the Columbia River Gorge in our front yard and easy accessibility from Hood River, Cascade Locks, and other nearby towns, we truly are a windsurfing mecca. Novice or expert; we welcome you to come enjoy the sport we’ve loved for so long.


Hood River has long been known as the windsurfing capital of the world. Now we can boast that “kiteboarding capital of the world” is not far off. It seems no matter what the season kiteboarders flock here to be challenged by the mighty Columbia River.


If you love to sail you’ll love all the beautiful places to do it in Hood River County. The Columbia River Gorge is famous for its consistent wind, so you’ll be sure to have a memorable adventure. Bring your own boat, or take a lesson while you’re here and enjoy beautiful Hood River County from the water.

Rafting, Kayaking & SUP

Whatever your speed, Hood River’s watercraft outfitters have you covered. Choose from guided rafting trips on a number of local rivers, whitewater kayak lessons and instruction, and even raft-guide school.


Fishing opportunities abound in the Columbia Gorge for experienced and beginning anglers alike. Rivers and streams, high elevation lakes and ponds provide a diverse range of settings where you can cast a line, or just sit back and enjoy the scenery.