Watershed Group Meeting
The lower Hood River is a local favorite destination for fishing, walking, swimming, or just enjoying nature close to home. But which public uses are actually allowed, how is the land being managed, and by whom? If you know and love this special place, come to the presentation on June 27 to learn more and to share your thoughts about recreation in the Powerdale corridor.
The riverside corridor of land from the old Powerdale powerhouse to the former Copper Dam site has a long history of recreational use. The utility company, Pacific Power, allowed public access when they owned the land as part of the Powerdale Hydroelectric Project. After dam removal and powerhouse decommissioning, the property was transferred to Hood River County and Columbia Land Trust in 2013.
These new owners and a stakeholder advisory committee, with help from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program, developed the Powerdale Recreation and Access Plan. This document describes a vision for environmentally sensitive recreational use at Powerdale… along with the many issues that complicate that vision. It is a “living document” that will change over time in response to new information, conditions, and public input. The June 27th presentation will be a great opportunity for the public to learn what is in the Plan so far and how to influence the Plan going forward.