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Hood River

Windsurfing in Hood River

There’s no way around, you’re going to have some fun on the water in Oregon.

Set in northern Oregon, the city of Hood River is a four-season destination complete with impeccable alpine skiing and the deserved nickname: Windsurfing Capital of the World.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Hood River area with a drive down the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, or scout your next spot for unmatched kayaking, kite surfing, and mountain biking.

Hood River is known as the Windsurfing Capital of the World, and for good reason. Whether you’re a beginner, or sitting pretty in the advanced level, Hood River offers plenty of windsurfing opportunities on the stunning Columbia River Gorge.

Lessons are offered through local businesses like Brian's Windsurfing, Hood River Waterplay, and Big Winds Hood River.

Looking to celebrate your love of windsurfing with fellow fans? Check out the annual Gorge Windfest happening in Hood River each June. The free Gorge Windfest features windsurfing events and lessons, plus food, parties, exhibitors, and live music at Hood River Waterfront Park.

Southern Oregon encompasses not only the stark beauty of the Cascade region, but staples of the state’s landscape like Upper Klamath Lake, and Crater Lake National Park. Set just northwest of Klamath Falls, Upper Klamath Lake is not only the state’s largest freshwater lake, but also a hotspot for canoeing, fishing, and just splashing around.

Surrounded by the breathtaking Oregon Cascades, Upper Klamath Lake borders the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and Rocky Point – found within the Winema National Forest.

Rocky Point, a little Oregon community dedicated to the great outdoors, is where travelers may go to access the Upper Klamath Canoe Trail – a 9.5-mile trail coursing through the beautiful waters of Upper Klamath. Divided into four sections – Crystal Creek, Wocus Cut, Recreation Creek, and Malone Springs, the Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is a must-do for those seeking an adventure in outdoor Oregon.

Southern Oregon is also home to the Crater Lake National Park – the only national park in the state and the deepest lake in the country. Cast out for Kokanee Salmon and Rainbow Trout – keeping in mind there are no limitations – or look forward to swimming, boat tours, and hiking. This 183,225-acre park features other attractions like the scenic Rim Drive, and hikes up Mt. Scott – Crater Lake NP’s highest point at 8,929 feet.

Found in the northeast corner of the state, the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is your stop for rafting in outdoor Oregon. Get your feet wet on the Snake River – a scenic and adventurous waterway separating Oregon and Idaho – and splash your way through Hells Canyon on an invigorating raft trip.

Rafting companies like Hells Canyon Adventures and Winding Waters River Expeditions provide lunch and safety, as well as the opportunity for cliff jumping, fishing, and plenty of pictures to take home – all just a short drive from Oregon towns like Enterprise, La Grande, and Baker City.

Whether fishing, rafting, or splashing around in unforgettable lakes, outdoor Oregon is sure to deliver.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Sunridge Inn

1 Sunridge Ln, Baker City OR 97814-2254
Phone: +1 541-523-6444  |  Fax: (541) 523-6446  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn

735 WaNaPa Street, Cascade Locks OR 97014
Phone: +1 541-374-8777  |  Fax: (541) 374-2279  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Mt. Hood Inn

87450 E Government Camp Loop, Government Camp OR 97028
Phone: +1 503-272-3205  |  Fax: (503) 272-3307  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

1108 E Marina Way, Hood River OR 97031-2378
Phone: +1 541-386-2200  |  Fax: (541) 386-8905  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Rama Inn & Suites

1711 21st Street, La Grande OR 97850-3919
Phone: +1 541-963-3100  |  Fax: (541) 963-8621  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Horizon Inn

1154 E Barnett Road, Medford OR 97504-8221
Phone: +1 541-779-5085  |  Fax: (541) 772-6878  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Sandy Inn

37465 Highway 26, Sandy OR 97055-7207
Phone: +1 503-668-7100  |  Fax: (503) 668-0624  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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