For those of us who live here, the words “Gorge lifestyle” speak volumes. We know that once you experience the Gorge lifestyle, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. From the exquisite scenic beauty, to the bountiful harvests, and the people with whom we have so much in common, our home is unique. We hope you will take the opportunity to experience the Gorge lifestyle.
Sports for all Seasons
Name a sport, and there’s a good chance you can do it here.
Windsurfing & Kiteboarding
The Gorge is a mecca for wind sports enthusiasts the world over. The wind here is legendary and it blows all summer with good shoulder seasons in the spring and fall. If you don’t windsurf or kiteboard already, its a great place to learn.
Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, X-Country:
Mt. Hood is home to four ski resorts with hundreds of downhill runs, terrain parks, pipes, rails and an average yearly snowfall of over 12 feet. Skiing can be had almost year-round at Timberline, but most people hit the slopes around Thanksgiving and ride until late spring.
Kayaking & Whitewater Sports
The White Salmon River holds world-class challenges for kayaking experts. The Columbia River Gorge has a gentler, safer ride for kayakers on the Deschutes, Klickitat, Little White Salmon or Columbia rivers. There is an active community of paddlers of all sorts in the Gorge and almost year-round availability if you don’t mind cold water.
Road & Mountain Biking
If hitting the trail means getting on your downhill bike and bombing a steep and technical boulder field, you’re going to find yourself amid some of the best terrain outside of Colorado. Post Canyon hosts miles and miles of sculpted single track and has something for everyone from first time rider to extreme professional.
With three biologically distinct Chinook salmon runs–spring, summer and fall–the Columbia River is a salmon angler’s dream come true. If the elusive steelhead is what you’re after, there’s no better river than the Deschutes. A mere 30 minutes away you’ll be standing alongside (or in the riffles of) a fly-fishing mecca known the world over. The avid fly fisher will be delighted with the many streams and rivers available to fish.
The Gorge area is known for its stunning scenery and amazing vistas and all of this translates to golf courses that take your breath away. There are two public courses in Hood River: Indian Creek, and Hood River Country Club. The Dalles also has a members-only private course.
Other sports and activities in the area include equestrian pursuits, mountaineering, hiking, backpacking, bird watching, aeronautics and so much more!