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From Harvest Fest and the Holidays, to First Fridays and Cider Fest, in Hood River, there’s always something to celebrate. Visit Hood River is excited to bring you a host of signature events, throughout the year.

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2024 Columbia River Cross Channel Swim



Columbia River Cross Channel Swim

September 2, 2024


Details below

Location: 299 NW Portage Rd

Cascade Locks

Registration: Purchase here

Parking Pass: $5 and may be purchased when you register for the swim

Ages 10 & up may participate
Ages 10-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Check in: 6:00-7:15am | Boat begins loading at 7:30am | 8am start time.
Swim patches and parking passes are available to purchase
Registration includes the official event swim cap, shirt, and a bag for holding clothes on shore
About the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler: https://sternwheeler.com/the-sternwheeler
“For 80 years, swimmers have boarded the famous Sternwheeler paddleboat on the south shore of the Columbia River, at the dock in Cascade Locks, and are ferried to the Washington side of the river. When signaled, swimmers jump off the Sternwheeler into the Columbia and swim an approximately 1.1-mile stretch across to Cascade Locks. To help them find their way, a special swim lane lined with volunteers in sailboats, kayaks, and paddle boards are there to guide, encourage, and protect swimmers as they cross the channel.”



Thank you to our generous sponsors!


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