Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Hood River (East Fork), Oregon

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Hood National Forest


Designated Reach:

March 30, 2009. From Oregon State Highway 35 to the Mt. Hood National Forest boundary.


Classification/Mileage:

Recreational — 13.5 miles; Total — 13.5 miles.

East Fork Hood River

Photo Credit: Tim Palmer

Hood River (East Fork)

The East Fork Hood River flows out of the Newton-Clark Glacier on the south face of Mt. Hood in the Cascade Range of Oregon. After flowing for about 2.5 miles toward the southeast, the river makes a sweeping turn to the north. Oregon State Highway 35 hugs the river after this turn. The 13.5 mile segment of the river from Highway 35 (just east of Sahalie Falls) to the Mt. Hood National Forest boundary is administered as a recreational river.

The river flows through a relatively broad valley bottom made up of glacial outwash before flowing into a narrower steep-sided canyon containing a number of cliffs. Due to the nature of the outwash, there are numerous springs and small tributaries that flow into the river.

Fishing is one of the primary recreational activities along the river, especially where access to the river is easier. Steelhead and coho salmon are the primary anadromous species present. Rainbow trout are stocked in the river to help meet the heavy fishing pressure. In winter, the upper portion of the river segment receives heavy Nordic ski use since the glacial outwash provides excellent terrain for ski trail development.

The area within the corridor, especially in the upper portion, provides very important habitat of high quality which meets the needs of big and small game. The area provides critical elk calving/deer fawning habitat and is part of a major migratory route for big game. In the upper corridor, the river and its immediate environment provides important riparian habitat in quantities greater than that usually found along other rivers throughout the region.