Wind River High Bridge to Columbia River

Cascade Locks, Oregon

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The first 0.5 mile of this run is class 1 and 2 water for warm-up. In the more difficult water below, the pool drop nature allows easy scouting. The excitement begins as High Bridge comes into view. High Bridge Rapid is a long, complex, class 4 boulder garden that becomes quite pushy at higher flows. Another 0.5 mile downstream, the river backs up before crashing through The Flume. This class 5 rapid creates an obvious horizon line and can be scouted or portaged on river right. Beyond The Flume, the Wind River continues to demand concentration and sound judgment. The next big rapid, Beyond Limits, a steep falls that slams onto a rocky keeper, is usually portaged along the fish ladder on the left. Next, Shipherd Falls creates an unrunnable obstacle that demands a strenuous portage on the left. Eddy out far enough upstream to allow a safe hike along the fish ladder, then portage over and down the cliff on the left bank or throw your boat off the cliff and jump in after. A throw rope comes in handy here. The final mile to the Columbia River is normally class 2. The take-out is on the Columbia River at a boat ramp near the Washington 14 bridge. Character: forested gorge.

Wind River: High Bridge to Columbia River Professional Review and Guide

"The first 0.5 mile of this run is class 1 and 2 water for warm-up. In the more difficult water below, the pool drop nature allows easy scouting. The excitement begins as High Bridge comes into view. High Bridge Rapid is a long, complex, class 4 boulder garden that becomes quite pushy at higher flows. Another 0.5 mile downstream, the river backs up before crashing through The Flume. This class 5 rapid creates an obvious horizon line and can be scouted or portaged on river right. Beyond The Flume, the Wind River continues to demand concentration and sound judgment.

The next big rapid, Beyond Limits, a steep falls that slams onto a rocky keeper, is usually portaged along the fish ladder on the left. Next, Shipherd Falls creates an unrunnable obstacle that demands a strenuous portage on the left. Eddy out far enough upstream to allow a safe hike along the fish ladder, then portage over and down the cliff on the left bank or throw your boat off the cliff and jump in after. A throw rope comes in handy here. The final mile to the Columbia River is normally class 2. The take-out is on the Columbia River at a boat ramp near the Washington 14 bridge. Character: forested gorge."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Cascade Locks
Distance: 5
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 800 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Wind River: High Bridge to Columbia River

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May 2018