Race Venue

 
Directions to Cascade Locks, OR

From West:
Take I-84 east to Exit 44 and follow the off ramp onto US-30 (Wa-Na-Pa St.). Follow US 30 through Cascade Locks until you see a sign for the Sternwheeler and Sternwheeler park. Turn left at the sign (Portage Rd.) and follow the road under the train trestle. Turn right at the intersection and follow the road all the way down to beach at the east end of the park.

From East:

Take I-84 to west Exit 47 and bear right onto US-30 (Wa-Na-Pa St.). Follow US 30 to until you see a sign for the Sternwheeler and Sternwheeler park. Turn right at the sign (Portage Rd.) and follow the road under the train trestle. Turn right at the intersection and follow the road all the way down to beach at the east end of the park.

Winds

The famous winds of the Gorge are driven by the temperature gradient between the desert to the east and the Pacific coast to the west.  The Gorge acts as a “wind tunnel” in the Cascade Mountains. Colder air at one end of the tunnel flows toward warmer air at the other end.  In the summer and fall, cold air from the coast rushes to replace rising hot air in the desert.  In the winter and early spring, cold air flows from the east to the more temperate coast.  The larger the temperature difference the stronger the wind.

Wind Forecasts:

iWindsurf.com

Water

The Columbia River is the fourth largest river by volume in North America and flows South from Canada before turning west. The river cuts its way through the Cascade mountain range and forms the border between Washington and Oregon. The river is regulated by fourteen dams, the first of which, Bonneville, is located a mile west of Cascade Locks. Snow melt and mountain run-off keep the river cold through the winter and spring with the fastest currents in late spring.

River Forecasts:

NWRFC.NOAA.gov