Surf the Gorge!
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.
The Columbia River Gorge Area is a true paradise for whitewater enthusiasts. The wild and scenic White Salmon River in particular offers three fun and energizing runs which include the upper, middle, and lower Gorge.
Where to Raft?
ZOLLER'S OUTDOOR ODYSSEYS RAFTING ADVENTURES
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.
Flatwater Kayaking Tours in Washington State 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 in Washington State 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. The Columbia Gorge Paddle Center offer lessons daily with special summer events featuring full moon and sunset tours. Instructors will guide you through the basics: board stance, stroke technique, and water starts. Once you have the basics they will show you some of the best spots and allow you to explore.
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. 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. 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 the balance.
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.
Tours & Lessons
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
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
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.