Hood - 2. Tucker Bridge to Hood River Marina

Hood, Oregon, US


2. Tucker Bridge to Hood River Marina

Usual Difficulty III (varies with level)
Length 5 Miles

Fall on the Lower Hood

Fall on the Lower Hood
Photo of Megi Morishita by Thomas O'Keefe taken 10/24/11 @ low runnable level

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14120000 3.50 - 9.00 ft IV 01h00m 6.73 ft (running)
This is high water. The moves aren't terribly difficult, but it's continuous Class III with a few Class IVs/

River Description

A class 3 run that pushes class 4 at higher flows with fun boulder gardens at lower flows and hole crashing at higher flows. Powerdale Dam was removed in the summer of 2010 opening up this river for navigation and eliminating the need for a portage.

You can put in at the old dam site to skip the dam rapids which makes this stretch easier.


Take I-84 exit 64 and head north towards the Columbia River. Before crossing the river turn into the Port Marina Park and follow the signs to the Beach which is the take-out. To reach the put-in head back out of the park and head south under I-84 and up towards Mt. Hood on Highway 35. In 6.8 miles turn right towards Odell. Follow the road 0.7 mile and turn right, continue another 0.4 mile and turn right again, then continue 2.3 miles down to the Tucker Bridge across the Hood River where you will find a put-in under the bridge on river right. Note that parking is very limited here. Please ask for permission if you want to park at the Country Store.

An alternative is to head a short distance upstream to Tucker Park (camping available) where you can put in on river right (a trail from the picnic area leads down to the river). This option adds two Class IV rapids to the run. You can also put in at the far end of the park which adds a few Class IV rapids.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-01-25 06:31:06


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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November 13 2015 (499 days ago)
skysharpe (157841)
I took a beginner down this run and it was quite a challenge. Awkward drops, continuous rapids, a
riverwide log partway down, and a scary looking fish trap/ huge hole made this run very
intimidating for a beginner. Class III with some Class IV maneuvering recommended.
July 10 2012 (1721 days ago)
Nick BorelliDetails
It was so cool to run this without the dam for the first time. They did a great job both getting
rid of the dam and creating a new Class 3 rapid!
November 22 2011 (1952 days ago)
Zachary CollierDetails
There are a few trees in in the Lower Hood right now (11/21/11). Please be careful!
November 3 2010 (2335 days ago)
Temira (152578)
Here's the view of the new rapid from shore at 3.3ft (really too low to run this section of river).
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=327731&id=659863101&l=9ae90f3389 We ran the new rapid on
11/2/10 at 4.8 feet. At that level, it's III+ to IV. I swam it, and don't recommend doing it that
way. =)
October 25 2010 (2344 days ago)
Timothy HardinDetails
Powerdale Dam is out!!! Check out the new rapid where the Powerdale Dam used to be:

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