Hood, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||III (varies with level)|
|HOOD RIVER AT TUCKER BRIDGE, NEAR HOOD RIVER, OR|
|usgs-14120000||3.50 - 9.00 ft||II+(III)||00h27m||4.35 ft (running)|
|This is a low, boatable flow that is actually pretty fun|
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.
Fact sheet on dam removals scheduled for the Pacific Northwest.