Kiteboarding & Windsurfing
Columbia River Gorge Kiteboarding and Windsurfing abound throughout the magnificent nearby area, also known as 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 and the nearby Hood 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 Columbia River 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.
Popular Whitewater Rafting Rivers
White Salmon River:
Level: beginner to advanced.
Season: April through early June.
Level: beginner to advanced.
Season: April through September.
Level: beginner and up, perfect for families with younger children
Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys Rafting Adventures
Skamania Lodge is your base camp now it’s time to go explore the Columbia River Gorge!
Your 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.
Skamania Lodge has partnered with Gorge Flyboarding for an exciting water adventure. FlyBoarding is the ultimate water sport for the adrenaline junkie near Hood River. Most people tend to get up on the board within 5 to 10 min on their first attempt at FlyBoarding. It’s actually very natural and intuitive, just like walking! It’s all in your balance. The FlyBoard is an accessory that attaches to the jet discharge of a Personal Watercraft (PWC) and uses the jet discharge of the PWC to propel the device through the air and water. Now realistically speaking, the FlyBoard is 1,000 gallons of water per minute, at over 60 PSI and almost 400 pounds lift of pure adrenaline pumping, heart pounding, eye catching fun! And no one brings the level of FlyBoard flight excitement quite like Gorge FlyBoard!
Flyboarding Rates & Restrictions
-Single individual: $129 for a 30 minute class.
-‘Intro to Flight’ class: $258 for two people. Class lasts an hour.
-Party of four, the class is 2 hours long and costs $389.
-Party of eight, the class is 4 hours long and costs $689.
Class Location: Flyboarding classes take place at the Cascade Locks Marine Park. Transportation to the park is not included in individual and group rates.
- All Participants must be at least 15 years old with parental permission and at least 100 lbs; Maximum weight is 350lbs.
- A group cannot exceed more than (8) Participants. Please contact us for a special request if you have more than eight.
- Only the exact number of flights for participants. Multiple people on the same flight will result in rescheduling and payment for any additional flyers.
- All flights are subject to a 24 hour non-negotiable cancellation fee. Any flights cancelled or scheduled beyond 24 hours before the flight will NOT be refunded! Severe weather cancellations will be rescheduled at the next available opening.
Reserve your Flyboarding adventure by calling the Lodge: 844-432-4748.
More Ways to Play
Learn to Windsurf and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding for $65-180.
Wind Surfing lessons are available May 7 - September 11 at 11am and 2pm.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding lessons are available May 7 - September 11 at 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Advanced reservations are recommended. 541-386-6086; www.bigwinds.com.
Hood River WaterPlay
Hood River WaterPlay's private beach makes it the perfect place to learn to play on the water. Lessons are available for...
- Hobie Sailing
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Jet Ski and Waver Runner
Please call in advance for hours and availability, 541-386-9463. www.hoodriverwaterplay.com.
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. Reservations can be made by calling the Lodge at 844-432-4748.