Hood River, East Fork Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge

Hood River, Oregon

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The East Fork Hood River winds through fruit orchards above the town of Hood River. Majestic Mount Hood rises sharply in the distance, allowing paddlers to view its snowpack. Because they are fed by runoff from Mount Hood, both the East and West forks of the Hood River are generally paddled during late winter and spring, or during the rains of late fall. Boaters who wish to camp can find sites farther up the road above the put-in and along the lower Hood River. Most metropolitan area paddlers make day trips here, but staying overnight makes for an easy two-day boating fest that includes both forks. If you opt to make both runs, use the West Fork (River 38) as a warm-up for the more difficult East Fork. At higher flows, the East Fork Hood River is Oregon’s version of the famous North Fork Payette River in Idaho. For those who can handle it, it is one of the best winter runs around. When your other steep favorites are running too high, expect the upper East Fork Hood to be just about perfect.

Hood River, East Fork: Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge Professional Review and Guide

"The East Fork Hood River winds through fruit orchards above the town of Hood River. Majestic Mount Hood rises sharply in the distance, allowing paddlers to view its snowpack. Because they are fed by runoff from Mount Hood, both the East and West forks of the Hood River are generally paddled during late winter and spring, or during the rains of late fall. Boaters who wish to camp can find sites farther up the road above the put-in and along the lower Hood River.

Most metropolitan area paddlers make day trips here, but staying overnight makes for an easy two-day boating fest that includes both forks. If you opt to make both runs, use the West Fork (River 38) as a warm-up for the more difficult East Fork. At higher flows, the East Fork Hood River is Oregon’s version of the famous North Fork Payette River in Idaho. For those who can handle it, it is one of the best winter runs around. When your other steep favorites are running too high, expect the upper East Fork Hood to be just about perfect."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Hood River
Distance: 16
Elevation Loss: 2,000 feet
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Class: Class IV-V
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Hood River, East Fork: Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge

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