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 II+(III) 00h24m 3.6 ft (running)
This is a low, boatable flow that is actually pretty fun

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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April 24 2017 (632 days ago)
Jennie GoldbergDetails
John Lechmanik posted this information regarding access on lccc listserv April 23, 2017: Lower Hood
takeout. For those of you who insist on taking out at the museum please note it is posted "Museum
parking only". So by parking there you are risking a tow, ticket or at the least offending a local
business to kayakers. Please don't. There is a takeout down by the windsurfing shacks that is
legal. Or some take out at powerdale. Please use those. Feel free to ask me for details. Tucker
bridge. The Apple Valley store does not allow ANY parking or river access from their property. This
is a change from a year or so ago. Park across the street and access the river there. Limited
parking. Some are now putting in at Tucker Park. This means running the last 3 rapids of Dee to
Tucker with no real warmup and are a little harder than the rest of the lower Hood IMHO. Dee put
in. It appears this is no more. I spoke with some paddlers who know the landowner and he does NOT
allow river access from his property. There are new signs saying no river acces along with the
multiple no tresspassing signs. Paddlers have been cited. This means the only legal access is from
Punchbowl park on the west fork. This means missing Cyclops and confluence rapid but not much else.
Please be aware of these changes and try not to offend any other property owners at the access
points. Our river access to a great river is dwindling....
November 13 2015 (1159 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 (2381 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 (2612 days ago)
Zachary W CollierDetails
There are a few trees in in the Lower Hood right now (11/21/11). Please be careful!
November 3 2010 (2995 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 (3004 days ago)
Timothy HardinDetails
Powerdale Dam is out!!! Check out the new rapid where the Powerdale Dam used to be:


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