RIG & LAUNCH Rig on the grass and dirt area in front of the porta-potties, or next to your vehicle where you've parked. There are three main launching areas. The most obvious is right down the boulders off Foto Point by the entrance to The Hatch. The second is down and off the rock embankment in front of the main rigging area. The third is easiest, but farthest from the main parking lot - located east of the rigging area is a small rocky cove that is protected from both wind and swell. There are trails to and from this cove to the main and adjacent parking areas.
WIND Consistent 3·5 to 4·5 West winds and smaller cloth is needed frequently. If you're here all day, you'll go through a couple of sizes, especially in Spring. Summer mornings usually work best, but it can blow all day. Cleaner winds can be found at the far east end, near the buoy that's off Well's Island.
WATER Rolling and pitching 6-8 foot swells can come through on any big wave day. The swell line is close to the Washington side so most aerials occur close to the launch side. Once past the main channel, the water flattens out into chop, but don't sail it into the Oregon shore - the submerged stumps and pilings will ruin your day. Starboard ramps, port ramps - you want it, you got it! It's always crowded, so watch for incoming jibes and landings from above as you launch.
3 1/2 miles west of the Hood River Bridge and just east of Swell City, off WA Hwy. 14. Pull into the Spring Creek Fish Hatchery (south) parking lot. Park in the gravelled areas or completely off the road. Never park on or block the access road to The Hatch.