Many of the County Links
on the left will keep you specifically in or near Hood River County here in the Mt Hood/Wasco Region
of Oregon. We add new listings and links on a regular basis so bookmark this page and check back often. Hood River County was named after Hood River and Mt. Hood which are both located within its boundaries.
The City of Hood River has been the county seat since the county's creation. The principal industries of Hood River include agriculture, timber, hydroelectric production, and recreation. The fertile Hood River Valley has an ideal climate for the production of apples, cherries, peaches, and pears. It also offers recreational activities such as snow skiing, yachting, and fishing which bring both people and capital to compensate for the decline in logging and hydroelectric production.
The Columbia River Gorge, a canyon of the Columbia River, is a premier windsurfing area and attracts windsurfers from throughout the United States and around the world. Up to 4,000 feet deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Extending roughly from the confluence of the Columbia with the Deschutes River down to eastern reaches of the Portland metropolitan area, the gorge furnishes the only navigable route through the Cascades and the only water connection between the Columbia River Plateau and the Pacific Ocean. The gorge holds federally protected status as a National Scenic Area called the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is managed by the Columbia River Gorge Commission and the US Forest Service. The gorge is a popular recreational destination.
Accessible from eastbound Interstate 84 in western Hood River County, tiny Starvation Creek State Park is an oasis from the blur of the freeway. Its 180 foot high waterfall and the numerous adjacent trails highlight the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.