The City of Hood River has declared a State of Emergency that includes a ban on the use of personal fireworks. Please note that this includes all Port of Hood River properties and the entire waterfront. The Hood River EyeOpeners Lions Club fireworks display will happen as planned, but no personal fireworks of any kind are allowed anywhere on the waterfront. Please see the City of Hood River announcement below.Read More
Port staff has been busy planning and preparing waterfront recreation areas and facilities for the 2021 season, expecting a record year as a result of pent-up demand as more people become vaccinated against COVID-19 and more restrictions are lifted. Safety guidelines and protocols will be in place based on CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and Hood River County Health Department, especially regarding public restrooms, trash management, and crowding.
Operational changes at the waterfront, including opening public restrooms and resuming trash can services, will occur July 1 or sooner if possible, when summer Facility Crew are hired and vaccinated. Concessions are expected to open in May.
2021 Event Site parking passes are available at the Event Site parking booth. Since the office is still closed to the public, all pass orders will be delivered through the mail. Remember that Event Site passes are not valid for on-street parking and your pass must be displayed on windshield at all times to be valid.
The Port has suspended reservations for the Marina Park Picnic Shelter at this time. The tentative date to open and make reservations is July 1st. For special event information, visit: portofhoodriver.com/waterfront-recreation/events/
Events are anticipated to return to the waterfront this summer as allowed by the State, including:
Gorge Downwind Champs July 12-17 Hood to Coast Windy Relay July 24Gorge Paddle Challenge August 13-15 Associated Wind and WatersportIndustries (AWSI) Board Sports Expo Sept. 7-11Kiteboard 4 Cancer (KB4C) August 28-29Columbia Gorge Marathon October 24Columbia Gorge Wind and Water Association Swap Meets TBA-cgw2.orgRead More
April 16, 2021 – The warm weather is arriving so soon! If you are planning on visiting the Hood River waterfront this weekend, please remember:
– Serious natural hazards exist.
– The waters of the Columbia are still quite cold and the waters of the glacially-fed Hood River are VERY cold.
– There are very strong currents and steep drop offs, especially at the edges of sandy areas near the confluence of the Hood River with the Columbia. The Spit and Sandbar look like peaceful, flat beaches, but they are moving, dynamic sediment deposits and serious drowning danger exists.
– Children should be directly supervised by a parent or caregiver at all times near the water. Lifejackets are strongly recommended.
– There are NO Lifeguards or any other dedicated professional rescue service on any beaches in Hood River.
– Dogs MUST BE ON LEASH, attached to their humans at all times on Port properties.
– Kiteboarding is a sport that requires lots of clearance to enjoy safely. Spectators and other users are urged to stay far away from kiteboarding areas.
– Campfires and bonfires are not allowed on any Port property, and regional fire and weather services are warning of significant fire spread danger this weekend.
– Underwater hazards exist at the Nichols Basin sea wall and the pilings along the waterfront. No jumping or diving from the sea wall or the pilings is allowed.
– COVID-19 is still spreading in our community and we must all do our part to avoid crowds, maintain proper social distancing, wear a mask, and take proper hand sanitation measures frequently throughout the day.
In 2017, the Port and its partners in the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Associations (now CGW2) and Hood River Fire & EMS developed the Hood River Waterfront Safety Zones map. This map identifies several known safety hazards and also numbered areas that can be used to communicate location quickly to emergency dispatch personnel. Please view and download the map here to familiarize yourself with the area, but remember, conditions are constantly changing and new hazards may now exist. https://portofhoodriver.com/…/Hood-River-Waterfront…Read More
The Hook Road,
Spit Access Road, and Marina Park to close temporarily
HOOD RIVER, OR – The Port of Hood River facilities crews will be working to regrade gravel roads at three locations on the waterfront this month, prompting closures to all vehicles while the work is being performed.
The Hook Road closed to all access January 5-6The Spit Access Road closed to all access January 6-7Marina Park closed to all access January 8 and January 11
For more information, contact the Port via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More