About Us

Located on the Hood River Waterfront we are here to provide guests with the ultimate in adventure while visiting Hood River. Our kayak tours are highly rated and an exceptional way to enjoy the Columbia River Gorge. We have the best waterfront rental site which allows for safe and convenient water fun. Adding E-bikes to our offerings give us something for everyone!

About Hood River

Hood River's waterfront along the Columbia River is a bustling hub of outdoor activity and tourism, offering a picturesque blend of scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The Waterfront Park serves as a focal point for windsurfing, kiteboarding, kayak, and paddleboard enthusiasts, drawn to the waterway of the Columbia River Gorge. Visitors can partake in kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, while the paved trail invites biking and walking along the riverbank. With a backdrop of mountains and a lively atmosphere, the waterfront hosts events, festivals, and provides diverse dining and shopping experiences. It's a dynamic destination where locals and tourists alike converge to appreciate the natural splendor and engage in a variety of watersports and leisure activities.


Gorge Paddling Center is your go-to destination in Hood River for premier kayak rentals, kayak tours, and ebike rentals. We specialize in offering thrilling paddling experiences and eco-friendly electric bike adventures against the stunning backdrop of the Columbia River Gorge.

Renting a kayak or ebike is easy! Visit our website or call us to make a reservation. Online bookings ensure you secure your preferred time for kayak rentals, tours, or ebike adventures, especially during peak seasons.

Absolutely! Our kayak tours and rentals cater to all skill levels, including beginners. Take advantage of our introductory lessons and guided tours to make your experience safe and enjoyable, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned paddler. 

Gorge Paddling Center provides top-notch kayaks, paddles, and life jackets for rentals and tours. Our well-maintained equipment ensures a comfortable and secure experience on the water.

Yes, we offer expert-led guided kayak tours that provide insights into the local ecology and history of the Columbia River Gorge. Additionally, our ebike rentals come with optional guided routes for an immersive exploration of the scenic Hood River area. Guided Ebike tours are by special request only for an additional fee. 

While walk-ins are welcome, we recommend making reservations online, especially for kayak rentals, kayak tours, and ebike adventures, to secure your preferred time slot and ensure availability during peak periods.

We welcome paddlers and bikers of various ages and sizes. Please check our website or contact us for detailed information on any age and weight restrictions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

For kayaking, wear comfortable clothing suitable for water activities, and for ebiking, dress appropriately for the weather. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle. Water shoes or secure sandals are recommended for kayaking.

Convenient parking facilities are available for our visitors. We have 10 spaces available in our lower lot. Outside of our lot there is plenty of pay for parking along the roadway above our business. 

Yes, surprise your loved ones with the gift of adventure! Purchase gift certificates for kayak rentals, tours, and ebike adventures by contacting us directly or through our website.

For more information or to book your unforgettable kayak or ebike experience in Hood River, contact Gorge Paddling Center today!

Our Staff

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Todd Anderson

Lead Guide & SUP Instructor

A true Hood River local, Todd  graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 2003. Following High School Todd completed his bachelor’s degree at University of Oregon. For years he competed around the country as a professional whitewater kayaker placing on the podium in many international events. With so much local knowledge and a love for the Columbia Gorge he is a great guide to show you the area. Join Todd on his favorite tour the Sunset Kayak Tour

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Wyatt Duce

Rental Site Manager

This is Wyatt’s first summer working with the Gorge Paddling Center. He grew up in Hood River and has a strong connection with the watersports of the Columbia River Gorge. Wyatt trained for several years on Hood River’s Junior Elite Paddleboard squad, he is happy to share his knowledge and give you pointers as he launches you off our dock. Wyatt’s favorite activity is kiteboarding and he routinely gets out for a session after a day of rentals. Whether kayak or SUP rental, Wyatt will ensure you are geared up for a fun day on the water. 

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Lindsay Zullo

Kayak Guide and Rentals Coordinator

Lindsay was drawn to the Northwest right out of High School, she moved to Portland from the San Jose area in order to be out in nature and get her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. She found a love for the river right away which lead her to train and become a raft guide. She has lived in the Hood River area going on 8 years now and enjoys sharing her love for the river and nature with guests on our kayak tours. She also helps us keep it all together at our Kayak and Paddleboard Rental Site in Hood River. Lindsay always has a friendly smile and a kind word regardless of how busy and wild the rental site is.

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Why Choose Us?

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We love what we do!

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