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Gorge Paddling Center

Don’t let those white caps and kitesurfers intimidate you. The Gorge also is ideal for stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. So if you’re looking for lessons, rentals, or to buy your own boards and kayaks, look no further than Gorge Paddling Center. There are several water sport stores and instructors in the Gorge, but this center focuses strictly on kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.


The paddling center offers kayaking tours perfect for paddlers of any experience level. You’ll become better acquainted with the river and the Gorge landscape, have a relaxing experience among new friends, and brush up on your kayaking skills or perhaps learn the sport from the ground up.

We particularly love that the center offers sunset kayak tours. Bring your family, coworkers or friends and paddle into the sunset during this kayak tour along the Washington riverfront. To top it all off, every trip comes with a complimentary glass of wine. These tours begin at 5 p.m.

The center also offers recreational kayak tours, which are a good fit for beginners or those who are looking for a relaxing, slower-paced kayaking experience. These small group tours offer a few hours of stress-free paddling. These tours begin at 10 a.m.

Tours take place either on the river or on one of the river’s wind-protected inlets. Tours are $65 per person.


If you’ve never paddled on a stand-up paddleboard, you should definitely give it try. The Gorge is a great place to give the sport a first try, and the instructors at the paddling center offer expert, competent advice.

The paddles, life jackets and kayaks are provided for your tours and lessons, and you just need to bring a set of dry clothes, water, sunscreen, sunglasses and whatever else you need for your trip. There is no experience necessary. Lessons are $65 per person and begin at 10 a.m.

Fun Things To Do In Hood River

There are so many ways to enjoy the natural beauty and splendor of the Columbia Gorge, but we always recommend our guests do it at least one activity on the water. We love how up close and personal paddling is. And besides, it’s one of the most relaxing experiences you can have while you’re in the Gorge. So don’t delay this ultimate vacation. Call or visit our website today and book your next getaway and find out the fun things to do in Hood River!

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