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Oregon whitewater, Hood River - Lake Branch

Hood River county, 3 miles above West Fork to Confluence with West Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     3 miles
  The scenic beauty of Hood River County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting location is a short drive from Hood River, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. When you're paddling down a Central Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as
    well. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is a pretty short section so better bring some good walking shoes. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area
has a large number of paddling places. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The 3 miles above West Fork to Confluence with West Fork stretch of Hood River - Lake Branch is 3 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Oregon are often tougher than in other states, so keep  
in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Cold Springs is a beautiful site to explore while you're at Hood River - Lake Branch. Going for a hike on the Lost Lake Butte Trail is always a great adventure, and Stone Spring is always fun to check out. At this river you will never have a bad time. Starvation Creek State Park is a charming place any time of year; charming scenery and fine skiing is what you acquire at Timberline Lodge.

Hood River - Lake Branch, 3 miles above West Fork to Confluence with West Fork road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Hood River - Lake Branch.
 Whitewater Near Hood River - Lake Branch:
Hood River - West Fork, Hood River County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.5 miles long (White Bridge Park to East Fork Hood River)
Hood River - Lake Branch, Hood River County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (3 miles above West Fork to Confluence with West Fork)
Hood River - East Fork, Hood River County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.5 miles long (Dee to bridge Below Tucker Park)
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (McNeil Campground to Lolo Pass Road)
Little White Salmon River, Skamania County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.5 miles long (Willard to Columbia River)
Hood River, Hood River County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Tucker Bridge to Hood River Marina)
Zigzag River, Clackamas County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Tollgate to Sandy River)
Whitewater Outfitter - ON the Edge Adventures, Clackamas County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - AAAA River Rider, Hood River County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Sandy River, Clackamas County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.5 miles long (Lolo Pass Road to Marmot Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Hood River - Lake Branch:
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 10 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 11 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 11 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 12 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 56 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
White Pass, Washington , 58 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 70 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 75 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 93 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 95 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
 Hotels Near Hood River - Lake Branch:
Carson Ridge Private Luxury Ca, Carson River Valley , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN Mt. Hood Inn, Government Camp , 12 miles away
Rodeway Inn Stevenson, Stevenson , 12 miles away
Columbia Gorge Inn, Cascade Locks , 12 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Columbia River Inn, Cascade Locks , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Hood River - Lake Branch:
Ottertail Lake, Cascade Locks, 4 miles away
Black Lake, Cascade Locks, 4 miles away
Whatum Lake, Cascade Locks, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Hood River - Lake Branch:
Lost Lake Butte Trail, Hood River , 5 miles away,  3 hiking miles, 1447 feet elevation difference
Vista Ridge Trail, Hood River , 5 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 1540 feet elevation difference
Wyeth Trail, Hood River , 6 miles away,  11.2 hiking miles, 4054 feet elevation difference
Pinnacle Ridge Trail, Hood River , 6 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 2515 feet elevation difference
Herman Creek Trail, Hood River , 7 miles away, 7.4 hiking miles, 3514 feet elevation difference
Elk Grove Trail, Hood River , 7 miles away,  12.2 hiking miles, 2030 feet elevation difference
Table Mountain Trail, Multnomah , 7 miles away,  11.4 hiking miles, 1356 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Hood River - Lake Branch:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 60 miles away
Starvation Creek State Park, Oregon , 8 miles away
Viento State Park, Oregon , 9 miles away
Wygant State Park, Oregon , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hood River - Lake Branch:
Hood River Golf Course, Hood River , 12 miles away
Golf Course, Chandler , 14 miles away
Indian Creek Golf Course, Hood River , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Hood River - Lake Branch
Bull Run Lake, Clackamas , 8 miles away
Little Ashes Lake, Skamania , 13 miles away
Kidney Lake, Skamania , 16 miles away

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