About Us

Cable Park in Hood River

A cable park at Nichols Basin would exclude public access to a popular recreation area. Friends of the Hood River Waterfront is working to preserve and enhance public access and recreation in the basin.  We oppose plans to lease the Port’s public waters at Nichols Basin to a private developer from Portland who wants to turn the boat basin into a for-profit amusement park for wakeboarders. If the cable park is built, Nichols Basin, which is now open to eveyone, will only be open to paying wakeboarders and all other users–stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, swimmers, fisherman and beginning windsurfers– will be excluded from the vast majority of the basin.

Hood River Waterfront

The Friends are working to keep the Hood River Waterfont open to the public. We are preparing an alternative plan to the cable park that improves public access, beautifies the basin with new tree planting and increases habitat values for salmon, birds and other wildlife.  The boat basin, which is the historic mouth of the Hood River, is an incredible public asset that shouldn’t be converted into a private enterprise that would only be open to a small fraction of local residents.

Keep the Public Waterfront Public in Hood River

To learn more or get involved in keeping our waterfront public, email hoodriverwaterfront@gmail.com or call Linda at (541) 386-8812. If you value use of the boat basin, help us protect it by donating online or sending a financial contribution today to: Friends of the Hood River Waterfront 3018 Dana Lane, Hood River, OR 97031

Board Members:

Linda Maddox:  Linda moved to Hood River 25 years ago and was drawn here by the beauty of the Gorge and the healthy outdoor lifestyle. Land use has been a lifelong passion, including protecting public spaces and access to water for recreation. Linda was a founding member of the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association and was active in many of the early efforts to secure water access along the Columbia River, including the Event Site and Rowena. She fought to protect open space at the Marina and more recently to create our beloved Waterfront Community Park. Patrick Hiller:  Patrick was drawn to Hood River for the outdoor oriented lifestyle and the community’s strong local awareness. He believes that development needs to take place in an ecologically responsible way. To measure growth in the community and beyond he looks at personal, social and ecological well-being. Patrick is an avid tri-athlete who does swim training weekly at the basin. Derek Bell: Derek is an Oregon native who has spent his entire life enjoying the outdoors.  Growing up near the Mackenzie River, he developed a love for fishing, canoeing and the abundant wildlife that lived there. Wanting a small town life he moved to Hood River 7 years ago and made it home.  As a Friends board member he hopes to insure that everyone gets to enjoy the beautiful resource that is the basin for generations to come. Corie Lahr:  A student of geography and urban planning, Corie believes that smart development satisfies the needs of the community, the environment, and the economy.  Following college, Corie came to Hood River to conduct water quality sampling and habitat surveys, and to dive into the Gorge’s diverse outdoor recreation offerings.  She fell in love with the Hood River Valley upon finding that the best fishing holes are open for public access, and that the locals still know what a Town Hall is.  She stayed to realize that part of loving where you live is defending it.

Friends of the Hood River Waterfront is represented by Attorney Brent Foster,