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Hood River
Country  United States
State Oregon
County Hood River
Source Mount Hood
 - location Cascade Range
 - coordinates 45°36′18″N 121°37′58″W / 45.605°N 121.63278°W / 45.605; -121.63278 [1]
Mouth Columbia River
 - elevation 79 ft (24 m) [1]
 - coordinates 45°42′55″N 121°30′40″W / 45.71528°N 121.51111°W / 45.71528; -121.51111 [1]
Length 25 mi (40 km) [2]
Basin 279 sq mi (723 km2) [3]
Discharge for river mile 6.1, near Hood River, OR
 - average 975 cu ft/s (28 m3/s) [3][4]
 - max 33,200 cu ft/s (940 m3/s)
 - min 136 cu ft/s (4 m3/s)
Location of the mouth of the Hood River in Oregon

The Hood River is a tributary of the Columbia River in northwestern Oregon in the United States. Approximately 25 miles (40 km) long from its mouth to its farthest headwaters on the East Fork, the river descends from wilderness areas in the Cascade Range on Mount Hood and flows through the agricultural Hood River Valley to join the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge.

It rises in three separate forks on the north side of Mount Hood, within the Mount Hood Wilderness in Hood River County which is approximately 50 miles (80 km) east of Portland.


West Fork

The West Fork, approximately 15 miles (24 km) long, rises on northwestern Mount Hood from Ladd Glacier. It flows generally east-northeast and joins the East Fork from the west near Dee.

Middle Fork

The Middle Fork, approximately 10 miles (16 km) long, rises in several short branches on the north slopes of Mount Hood, from Coe Glacier and Eliot Glacier. It flows north through the upper Hood River Valley.

East Fork

The East Fork, approximately 15 miles (24 km) long, rises on the eastern side of the mountain in the Mount Hood National Forest fed by Newton-Clark Glacier, and flows northward into the Upper Hood River Valley, where it is joined by the Dog River and then by the Middle Fork.

Main stem

The combined main stem river, approximately 10 miles (16 km) long, flows northeast through the Hood River Valley. It joins the Columbia at Hood River, a popular destination for windsurfing and kiteboarding in the Columbia Gorge.


The maps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition show the Hood River under the name Labeasche River after Francis Labiche, one of the expedition's members. In the mid-19th century pioneer era a party of starving travelers resorting to eating dog meat. As a result the Hood River became known as the Dog River. This name was unpopular. A pioneer resident of the area, Mrs. Nathaniel Coe, was able to change local usage to Hood River, after Mount Hood. The name Hood River appeared on maps as early as 1856. The older Dog River name became attached to a lesser tributary of the East Fork Hood River.[5]


See also


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Hood River
  2. ^ Approximate length from mouth to headwaters of the East Fork Hood River; the length from the confluence of the East and West Forks to the mouth is approximately 10 miles (16 km).
  3. ^ a b "National Water Information System". USGS.,00060. Retrieved 2007-02-15.  
  4. ^ "Water Resources Data for Oregon, Water Year 2005; Hood River and Mosier Creek Basins". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 29 September 2009.  
  5. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (1992) [1928]. Lewis Ankeny. ed. Oregon Geographic Names (6th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-236-4.  

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel


Hood River [1] is a city in Oregon on the Columbia River. Hood River is renowned for wind surfing.

Get in

Drive or take a bus from Portland. You can also take the train from Portland to Bingen, Washington just across the river. The drive from Portland through the Columbia River Gorge is outstanding, so if possible, rent a car.

Get around

It's easy to walk around downtown Hood River, but you pretty much need a car to get to the wind surfing sites.

Hood river is a cool little town. There are good food spots, lots of shopping, and some sweet little hotel/motels; but like most of the trendy places in Oregon kids are very optional.

  • Ski
  • Snowboard
  • Hike
  • WindSurf
  • Kiteboard
  • Go to a Wine Tasting
  • Check out Downtown
  • Downtown Hood River's downtown area is set up for shopping. There are many different types of shops and you can find something for everyone.
  • Klickitat (Klickitat River Fishing), P.O. box 322 Klickitat Wa. 98628 (Columbia river gorge near Hood River), 509 369-2366, [2]. Come let us show you a awesome isolated fishing trip on the remote wild and scenic Klickitat river. Season runs June through November. Holding a U.S. Forest service permit allows us to show you many miles of wild and scenic drift boat Steelhead and Salmon fish catching action. Stay in our open beam riverside cabins with a view that only happens here. Enjoy more than you can eat with Lori's many years of home cooked meals. Fishing $175.00 Per person Lodging $80.00 a night 1-3 people Food $40.00 per person includes Dinner night before and breakfast, lunch day of trip. CANCELLATION POLICY Deposits are non-refundable. The space is held for you and this means turning others away. In condsideration of our clients, deposits are transferable to an alternate date if available or to another individual. We suggest and recommend trip cancellation insurance for those purchasing airline tickets. see us at feel free to call or email anytime Hope to be showing you Fish catching action this season. Always Believing Tracy Zoller Ph- 509 369-2366  edit
  • Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E Marina Way, +1 541 386-2200 (fax: +1 541 386-8905), [3].  edit
  • Skamania Lodge[4] located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area just 45 miles east of Portland, Oregon, on the Washington side of the Columbia River. The resort features luxurious spa services, an 18-hole golf course, a 22,000 sq ft conference center, and year-round outdoor recreation. 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way Stevenson, WA 98648 Tel. +1 (509) 427-7700
Routes through Hood River
PortlandGresham  W noframe E  The Dalles
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