Hood River

The great Hood River. Photo by Megan Saunders
  • Number of Projects:5
  • Acreage: 471
  • Fact: The Powerdale Dam was removed in 2010, allowing Pacific lamprey (which can’t navigate old fish ladders) access to the upper reaches of the Hood for the first time since 1923.
  • Experience: Ushering from the slopes of Mount Hood, the Hood River is cold and rushing—a glacier-fed Northwest classic that runs through forests and the world-famous farmland of the Hood River Valley.
  • What We’re Doing: Restoring habitat alongside the river. Improving recreational access so that people can hike, swim, fish, and love the Hood River for generations to come. Working to protect prime agricultural lands from being developed.
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The Big Picture

A great Northwest river, the Hood River plunges for 25 miles past forests, orchard lands, and timber country before finally meeting the Columbia near the City of Hood River itself. In 2013, PacifiCorp, which had owned the only dam on the Hood River, transferred a four-mile-long corridor of land along the Hood River to Columbia Land Trust and Hood River County. Our charge is to manage the Hood River for wildlife habitat, make sure that people have access to the river for recreation, and ensure that tribal fishing rights and private property rights are protected.

Why It Matters

For 90 years, power companies owned this corridor, which had a benefit for nature: It kept the land from being divided and developed. Today land along the Hood River provides habitat for elk and deer, cougar and black bear, osprey and eagles. Its rushing waters course over smooth rocks, islands, and fallen wood, forming the cold, deep pools preferred by steelhead and salmon. We’re working with local residents, partner organizations, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to develop and implement a vision that allows people access to the river and protects fish and wildlife.

 

The Hood River, near the mouth of Neal Creek
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Up On Neal Creek

A shared interest in Hood River steelhead habitat is inspiring a unique collaboration

After winding through a miles-long patchwork of orchards, an unassuming little creek empties into the lower Hood River, forming an intersection of ideal habitat for fish and terrestrial wildlife. Despite its size, Neal Creek supports roughly one in ten of the steelhead in the Hood River system, along with coho and Chinook salmon. For this reason,…

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