The Dee to Tucker stretch of the Hood River is a classic Class IV run in the Columbia Gorge. Most people start in the hamlet of Dee and paddle the short, continuous section of Class III and IV rapids to Tucker Bridge. Many also choose to continue along down the Lower Hood all the way to the Columbia River for a full day trip.

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There is great whitewater on the Hood River, but access is always a problem. You can get to and from the river, but you're going to have to hike your kayaks or get creative with your rafts and catarafts.

Trip Highlights

Mile 0: Put-in at Dee. Currently there is no legal way to put-in here, but American Whitewater is working on it. Right now the only legal put-in is at the confluence of the East Fork and West Forks of the Hood which requires a long carry from the Punchbowl Falls parking lot.

Mile 0.5: Zen Rock (IV) is a beautiful rapid surrounded by basalt cliffs. There's not much of a chance to eddy out before this rapid, but you should pull over on the left to scout since trees can get lodged here.

S Turn Rapid on the Hood River

Zen Rock Rapid on the Hood River

Mile 1.2: The Confluence Rapid (III+) at the confluence of the East Fork and West Fork of the Hood can be scouted by eddying out on the left just before the confluence. The next 5 miles are full of fun Class II and III rapids.

Confluence Rapid on the Hood River

Confluence Rapid on the Hood River

Mile 2.7: Upper and Lower Pipeline (III+) are two distinct rapids where a pipe crosses the river. Lower Pipeline has a great play spot with eddy service.

SUP surfing Lower Pipeline on the Hood River

SUP surfing Lower Pipeline on the Hood River

Mile 6.2: Island Rapid (IV) marks the beginning of the bigger rapids. A pipe crosses the river which signals this long, fun rapid. Most people take the channel to the right of the island.

Mile 6.6: At Wallbanger (IV) all the current rushes into the slightly undercut wall on the left. Below here are several more fun rapids including Road Rapid (IV).

Catarafts below Wallbanger Rapid on the Hood River

Catarafts below Wallbanger Rapid on the Hood River

Mile 7.2: Highway 35 Rapid (IV) splits the river around an island. The right channel is the most commonly run. The whitewater from here to take-out is nearly continuous.

Highway 35 Rapid on the Hood River

Highway 35 Rapid on the Hood River

Mile 7.6 Take-out at the Tucker Bridge or continue 6 more miles down the Lower Hood. Tucker Bridge is a tough take out for rafts, so most rafters continue down to the town of Hood River and boat ramps on the Columbia River.

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