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The Gorge Paddling Center is the premiere paddle sports center in the Columbia River Gorge and have been providing instruction, guided trips, and rentals in since 1998. Based in Hood River, we are locally owned/operated and pride ourselves on the ability share this wonderful region by providing quality experiences on the water. We offer a series of paddling tours:

Flatwater Kayaking Tours are for those who want to enjoy the amazing scenery of the Columbia Gorge from the cockpit of a kayak. The Sunset Kayak Tour has become the favorite trip for guests of Skamania Lodge.

White Water Kayaking Trips are for those seeking a more exciting experience. Our Ducky Trip on the Klickitat River is an ideal experience for those that want to go whitewater kayaking with no experience needed! This trip is best suited for an adventurous and athletic individual.

Stand Up Paddleboarding Tours combine surfing and paddling into an activity that is adaptable for all ages and skill levels. We offer lessons daily with special summer events featuring full moon and sunset tours. Our instructors will guide you through the basics: board stance, stroke technique, and water starts. Once you have the basics we will show you our favorite spots and allow you to explore. Tours depart from Rock Creek Cove, just down the road from Skamania Lodge, or from our water front location in Hood River. Contact us today to make reservations. We look forward to getting you on the water!

Rentals Kayaks or Stand Up Paddleboards rentals are available at the Gorge Paddling Center Headquarters located on the Columbia River in Hood River daily during from May 20th - Sept 30th.

Please contact the Gorge Paddling Center directly for reservations and more information.



This lodge is one of the friendliest places I know. Everyone seems to genuinely enjoy working there and doing whatever they can to assist the guests.

Jeanne, Salem Oregon

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