Summer is in full swing and one of the best ways to enjoy it is in the water. Everyone knows that Skamania County is home to millions of acres, but it is also home to a lot of water! With its coastline, lakes, rivers, and more, you’ll find options for all skill levels and water sports in Skamania County.

Whether you want something more laid-back like kayaking or paddle boarding or want to kick up your adrenaline with an activity like kiteboarding or hydrofoiling, there is sure to be the perfect activity for everyone. Here are 5 must-try water sports you can enjoy in Skamania County!


Kiteboarders experience the freedom of flight like no other water sport can. In this adventurous sport, you have a board strapped to your feet and a huge kite fastened to your waist. The kite’s handles are then used to control it as it catches the wind and pushes you over the water. It’ll take multiple attempts to get acclimated to it and you may want to invest in some lessons, but once you catch your first gust, the feeling is breathtaking.  

kiteboarding in Stevenson, Washington

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Want to slow the pace a little? Paddleboarding is a superb water activity to enjoy the great outdoors. This sport is exhilarating, easy to learn, and in just a few minutes you will be up on your board paddling through the water. You can either stand or kneel on a paddleboard. You can then gracefully paddle to sail through tranquil waters and lovely scenery.

Standup paddle boarding in Stevenson, Washington on the Columbia River


Another relatively simple water sport that is perfect for everyone is kayaking. A kayak is a kind of boat that is slim and small and is used by a limited number of people, usually one or two people. 

It’s excellent for exploring calmer waters like rivers and protected coastlines while taking in the scenery. Alternately, you may try some rapid waters to step things up. It’s definitely a lot of fun either way.

Kayaking on the Columbia River


Windsurfing is a beloved water activity and one you should definitely try. It combines characteristics of both surfing and sailing and allows you to glide through the water on a surfboard. The windsurfer uses the wind to propel forward under their feet while relying on their body weight and balance. Riding the pleasure of surfing waves, while receiving airtime from the sail, is an adrenaline-fueled adventure.

Windsurfing on the Columbia River near Stevenson, Washington


With a hydrofoil board, you can take your surfing to the next level. It has a foil attached to the bottom that, under certain conditions, provides lift out of the water by using the kinetic energy of waves. As a result, you have the sensation of flying and can reach even higher speeds. Ideally, you should have prior surfing experience before attempting a hydrofoil, as it can be more difficult to learn and comes with additional risks.

Foiling on the Columbia River

There are many places to explore on the water in Skamania County! From the Columbia River to the Wind River, to Bob’s Beach, to Goose Lake, there are endless options! 

If you’re ready to come out and hit the water, Stevenson, Washington is the perfect basecamp for all of your water and Gorge adventures! With world-class kiteboarding, award-winning breweries and exquisite local fare, there are endless things to do once you arrive in Stevenson! And that’s just in town 🙂 Staying in the Gorge HQ means you’re only minutes from hikes, wineries, waterfalls, scenic drives, fishing, golfing and SO MUCH MORE! Book your trip now!