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Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

Windsurfing and Kiteboarding abound throughout the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, the "Windsurfing Capital of the World". The Columbia River cuts through the Cascade Mountains, bordering the States of Washington and Oregon from the Eastern deserts to the Pacific Ocean 200 miles to the West. Here you will find sailing sites at beaches and parks ranging over 100 miles of the Columbia River.

Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking

The Columbia River Gorge Area is a true paradise for whitewater enthusiasts. Whether you're a first-time rafter or a Class V kayaker, you´ll find numerous opportunities to enjoy the rivers of the Gorge. Rafting trips can range from relaxing float trips to intense, challenging rapids. You´ll also find world-class kayaking. Kayakers from all over the world visit this area to kayak down the wide variety of rivers of the Columbia River Gorge. From flat water kayaking to expert class V kayaking, it is all in the Gorge. The wild and scenic White Salmon River in particular offers three fun and energizing runs which include the upper, middle, and lower Gorge.

Some of the more popular whitewater rivers include:

White Salmon River:
Season: Year-Round.
Level: beginner to advanced.

Klickitat River:
Season: April through early June.
Level: beginner to advanced.  

Deschutes River:
Season: April through September.
Level: beginner and up, perfect for families with younger children  

  • Big Winds

    Learn to Kiteboard and Windsurf for $65-180. Advanced reservations are recommended. 541-386-6086; www.bigwinds.com.

  • Hood River Water Play

    Windsurfing and Kiteboarding lessons for $99-269. Please call in advance for hours and availability, 541-386-9463. www.hoodriverwaterplay.com.

  • Hood River Adventures

    Hood River Adventures provides weekday/weekend tours to local brewery’s such as Solara, Everybody’s Brewing and Backwoods Brewery. Contact Hood River Adventures at 541-400-1216 or visit www.hoodriveradventures.org/brewery-tours.html for more information.

  • Gorge Paddling Center - Kayaking Tours

    Gorge Paddling Center offers full moon tours, sunset tours, and flatwater lessons for people who have never spent any time in a kayak. If you are interested in navigating the Rock Creek Cove just below the lodge they will come out and meet you here. Contact the Gorge Paddling Center at 541-806-4190 or visit their website for more information.

  • Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys Rafting Adventures

    Skamania Lodge is your base camp now it’s time to go explore the gorge!
    You next stop is whitewater rafting on the White Salmon River “Middle Gorge” with Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys.  Enjoy a half day adventure that is sure to please all. No experience needed! Raft trips daily. Options for both morning and afternoon.  Check out the fun at www.ZooRaft.com.

    Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys has been and will continue to be the whitewater rafting industry leaders and is proud to be not only the pioneer rafting outfitters of the Klickitat River and White Salmon River, but also the longest running, whitewater enterprise in Washington or Oregon. If you know of a whitewater rafting company in Oregon or Washington that has been around longer than 40 years please let us know who they are and we will gladly tip our hats and be happy with second place.  It is an honor for each one of us at Zoller’s to share the fun of whitewater rafting these very special rivers with so many folks that arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.

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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