East Fork Hood River Dee to Tucker Bridge

Hood River, Oregon

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This run is a very popular intermediate run with beautiful scenery, challenging rapids, and good play spots. The first mile is on the East Fork, which is pool drop and runs through a beautiful narrow canyon punctuated by several technical class 3 rapids and one class 4 rapid, Cyclops. Just before the confluence with the West Fork, the river splits around a small island. The right side drops over a uniform 6-foot ledge that can develop a sticky hydraulic at high water. The left side is not as steep but contains more rocks. The water volume doubles after the East Fork joins the West Fork, and the gradient drops off and becomes more uniform. The main stem Hood River is wider but no less challenging than the upper section. At lower flows, the upper section is class 3, with a couple of technical class 4 ledge drops. At higher flows, it becomes continuous class 4. Character: forested; roadside.

East Fork Hood River: Dee to Tucker Bridge Professional Review and Guide

"This run is a very popular intermediate run with beautiful scenery, challenging rapids, and good play spots. The first mile is on the East Fork, which is pool drop and runs through a beautiful narrow canyon punctuated by several technical class 3 rapids and one class 4 rapid, Cyclops. Just before the confluence with the West Fork, the river splits around a small island. The right side drops over a uniform 6-foot ledge that can develop a sticky hydraulic at high water. The left side is not as steep but contains more rocks.

The water volume doubles after the East Fork joins the West Fork, and the gradient drops off and becomes more uniform. The main stem Hood River is wider but no less challenging than the upper section. At lower flows, the upper section is class 3, with a couple of technical class 4 ledge drops. At higher flows, it becomes continuous class 4. Character: forested; roadside."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Hood River
Distance: 7.5
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 700 cfs; 2500 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to East Fork Hood River: Dee to Tucker Bridge

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May 2018