Columbia River: Home Valley to Bingen

A challenging 12 nm downwind sea kayak through some of the best wind and wave surfing areas near Hood River. Expect challenging conditions, great scenery, and lots of sailboard and kitesurfing activity.

Launch Points

On the Water

Wind speeds usually 15-30 kt range with higher gusts make this a challenging paddle. Because the wind is against the river current, wind waves can reach to 3-5 feet in some areas, creating challenging conditions and lots of opportunities for surfing.  This trip requires a car shuttle.

  • Suitable Activities: Sea Kayaking
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
  • Length: 12.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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