There will be 30-minute closures of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge for scheduled lifts of the bridge’s lift span from 5:00 – 5:30 a.m. every Friday morning for the next three weeks beginning tomorrow, May 15. Early morning commuters are advised to avoid the bridge during the closures, as delays of 30 minutes are expected on the bridge.Read More
DATE: MAY 27, 2020 As recreational facilities managers work to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in our communities while providing safe, responsible, and socially distanced outside recreation, recreational facility users need to know that any crowding or gatherings of large groups at recreational facility may result in immediate closures.
Please recreate close to home, avoid traveling far from home, and if you don’t live in Hood River, please do not recreate here.
The following list provides up-to-date status of each recreational facility owned and operated by the Port of Hood River. However, the open/closed status of all facilities listed below may change at any time – please look for signs posted at the site and be sure to comply with all rules and guidance posted.
CROWDED PARKS LEAD TO CLOSED PARKS
Event Site and Event Site Parking Lot – The Event Site parking lot will open for the summer season at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT SITE OPENING: No kite launching or landing allowed at the Event Site until further notice. Pumping and drying at the east end of the Event Site lawn is okay. Proper social distancing is required. Parking booth attendants schedule will be intermittent. If there is no parking booth attendant and you do not already have a season pass, you will need to pay for parking at the 2 kiosks located in the Event Site parking lot. The lot will close at 9:00 p.m. every night. To limit the number of users and encourage social distancing, traffic cones will be placed in every other parking spot. These spots are closed. The restrooms are closed. There will be porta-potties located near the restrooms. Garbage service is limited – there will be a small dumpster placed near the restrooms. Please come prepared to pack out your garbage. Waterfront Trail – open.Waterfront Park (City Park) – closed. The Hook – open for river access. No Kiting. Spit Parking Lot – open. Access to Sandbar is okay. Marina Beach and Marina Jetty – open for river access. Kiters – please launch and land as far out as possible from the shore. Do NOT launch and land near the parking area or grass. Marina Park Picnic Shelter – closed.Marina Boat Ramp – open.Marina – open for moorage tenants.Cruise Ships – all visits through June have been suspended.All public restrooms closed due to Covid-19 concerns. There are limited porta-potties located on the waterfront. Garbage service limited or suspended. It is important that you recreate close to home and come prepared to pack out your garbage – including dog waste. Port Concessions – closed.PARKING – No parking allowed after 11:00 p.m. on any Port of Hood River operated area, except for West Portway commercial truck/trailer parking by permit. Parking lots close at 9:00 p.m. – Gates to the Hook, the Event Site parking lot, the Marina Beach/Moorage lot, and the Spit will be closed at 9:00 p.m. DOGS – All dogs MUST BE ON LEASH at all Port-owned and operated facilities listed above.Read More
Tolling will resume on May 1st with an all-electronic tolling system temporarily taking the place of the manned toll booth. The BreezeBy system will be turned back on, with no changes to normal functions. Motorists that do not have a BreezeBy transponder in their vehicle will have seven days to pay the normal toll rate either online at portofhoodriver.com or at the Port offices located at 1000 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River (building is just west of the toll plaza). After seven days, an invoice for unpaid tolls will be sent to the vehicle’s registered owner for the amount of the toll plus a $3 administrative fee per crossing. If a person receives an invoice, they can avoid paying the administrative fees by opening a BreezeBy account within 30 days of the date of the invoice. There are no fees to open a BreezeBy account, funds placed in the account never expire, and the first transponder per household is provided at no cost. Most Breezeby customers opt to fund their accounts with a debit or credit card, but this is not required.Read More
On May 1, the Port will resume tolling, but will implement a Pay-by-Plate billing system for all vehicles that do not have a BreezeBy transponder. Pay-by-Plate bills will be sent in the mail to the registered owners of those vehicles with charges for the $2 base toll rate plus a $3 ancillary fee per crossing. BreezeBy toll rates will remain the same, at a $1 base toll and no ancillary fees. Base toll rates are for 2-axle vehicles.Read More
Special notice April 8, 2020: The boat ramp at the Hood River Marina is open for boat launching, but users are urged to comply with Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-12 and avoid non-essential travel and gatherings of more than 2 people. Marina public restrooms are closed and garbage service is suspended at this time, so Marina users are asked to take all garbage home with them. The water and pump-out located at the fuel dock are not available at this time.Read More