RIG & LAUNCH Rig on the gravel parking area, or below next to the inside area. The gradual, shallow launch to the inside area is protected from both wind and current and it is where you'll find most beginners. The second launch is back over the west end, down one of the narrow paths that lead to the water. You'll be bucking a sometimes ferocious head wind, but once you reach the water you'll discover it's perfect for practicing waterstarts. The wind blows you right back to shore, so there's no chance of drifting off. The third launch is off the north side, down the paths of the rock embankment. This rocky launch opens to the main channel, but it is somewhat shadowed by Well's Island so you'll have to slog or swim to the windline.
WIND Generally 3·5 to 5·0 West winds in the main channel, with gustier, but lighter winds at the other launches. To get to the main channel you'll have to traverse the wind shadow of Well's Island.
WATER The inside Hook is very flat and shallow. The west end is generally filled with chop and the wind will push you back to the launch. Ideal for beginners. It is also shallow and somewhat protected in the small channel between Well's Island and the OR shore. The main channel offers swells up to 3 - 4 feet for bump and jump fun.
Located in Hood River. Take the city center exit #63 off I-84 and turn north. Turn left on Riverside Dr., right on N. 8th and left on Portaway Ave. This road will take you all the way out to the Hook. Lots of parking on the sides of this access road and near the launching areas.