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White Bridge Park to East Fork - West Fork Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Hood River

Looking back at Punchbowl Falls after a successful run, Class V at 4.5 feet (punchbowl gets much uglier at higher flows)
The West Fork has some classic pool drop rapids, splashy class 3 at 4.5 feet The Class 3 and 4 rapids come back to back on this run

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White Bridge Park to East Fork - West Fork Info
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Put In:  White Bridge Park
Take Out:  East Fork of Hood River
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V , Portage
Gradient:  100 ft/mi
Run Length:  6.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  607 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - HOOD RIVER AT TUCKER BRIDGE, NEAR HOOD RIVER, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  800+ cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

Two thirds of the flow at Tucker Bridge is a good estimate of the flow on the West Fork

Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Primary Season: 

Rainy and snowmelt, this section only runs after a few days of heavy rain, or during continuous warm weather

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Class IV rapids seperated by short calm pools in an isolated canyon.
Hazards:  The Fish Ladder should be portaged on river left. Punchbowl Falls
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Forest
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 125 miles Northeast of Salem
Area Name:  Pacific West
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From I-84 and Hood River, Oregon, take exit 62 and follow the signs toward Odell, Oregon, taking a right at the sign for Dee-Lost Lake Road. Cross the East Fork of the Hood at Dee and follow the signs to Lost Lake. After crossing the second bridge, continue heading upstream for another 1.5 miles and turn left into White Bridge Park.

Take-out: Head back toward Dee and take a left onto Punchbowl Road. Take a right just before the bridge over the West Fork of the Hood to the take-out.

White Bridge Park to East Fork - West Fork on the Hood River

At medium flows the West fork of the Hood is a challenging class IV run with a friendly pool drop character. When this stretch gets close to, or over 3,000 cfs, this is a great training ground for big water paddling. The beginning of this run offers a good warm up and some good play waves before you hit the big stuff.

Mile 2(Fish Ladder-Portage): At mile 2 you will reach a fish ladder that is a mandatory portage. It is illegal and very dangerous to run this.

Below the fish ladder is a long class IV boulder garden that can be a maze of boulders, or holes depending on flow. The last significant drop on this run is called Punchbowl falls, scout from the road on the shuttle drive. This is an 8-foot ledge drop that creates a very sticky hydraulic at the bottom. If you decide to run this drop hit it with a lot of momentum.

Last Edited by josho on 5/3/2011

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Baker City Oregon
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Clackamas Oregon
Gresham Oregon
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Madras Oregon
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