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The Spit + Hood River Event Site

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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  • View of the Hood River Event Site and The Spit in the background.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
  • Hood River Event Site.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
  • Hood River Event Site.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
  • The Spit in Hood River.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
  • The Spit in Hood River.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
  • The Spit in Hood River.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
  • View of the Columbia River from The Spit.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
  • Kite surfers on The Spit.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
  • Kite surfers just off of The Spit.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
  • Wind surfers just off of The Spit in Hood River.- The Spit + Hood River Event Site
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Open sandy beach. Swimming, paddling, kite and wind surfing.
Cons: 
Summer weekend crowds.
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Region:
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
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Adventure Description

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Simply put, on busy summer days The Spit is the real epicenter of Hood River. The downtown is simply the supply room and break area where you may go to recharge.

The Columbia River's white-capped, choppy waters and constant wind put Hood River on the national radar for outdoor enthusiasts starting with wind surfing in the 60s. Today, even though equipment has evolved to include kite surfing and SUPs (stand-up paddleboards), the sandy beach and bar known as ‘The Spit’ has remained the same. At nearly half a mile long, The Spit and its shallow waters are the perfect place to cool down on a mid-summer's day when the temperatures rise.  And the beachfront couldn't be more easily accessible: it is just over the bridge from downtown Hood River, and there is plenty of parking nearby.

Further, should you be itching to try out any of the modern era watercraft or simply looking to explore the Columbia River, guides and vendors renting kayaks, SUPs, and kite boards regularly set up booths in the parking area on weekends.

Traveling with kids and want to give them some variety? If so, venture less than a half-mile west to the new, kid-friendly Hood River Waterfront Park. This park offers more beach, a nature-inspired playground, and outdoor showers.

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