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for Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, or SUP Concession
on Port of Hood River Property

Letters due 5:00pm Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Port of Hood River is requesting a Letter of Interest from qualified persons or businesses seeking to apply for a concession permit to operate a kiteboard, windsurf, or SUP instruction and rental concession on Port property. The permit would be valid for five (5) years from 2016-2020 for a six (6) month maximum time period each annual season beginning Apri 1 and ending October 1.

Concession fees for primary locations are as follows:

  • Event Site - Large: $3,200 (approx. 1,950 square feet)
  • Event Site - Small: $1,600 (approx. 960 square feet)
  • Spit: $2,400
  • Marina: $2,400
  • Hook: $2,400
  • Each secondary location: $1,600

Commencing in 2017, fees will increase on an annual basis by the published Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Portland, OR.

Letter of Interest shall be no more than two (2) pages and shall include the following:

  1. Business Name and Experience
  2. Primary Instructor/Manager Experience and Certifications
  3. Preferred Location for Concession
  4. Up to three (3) References

Letter of Interest is due to Liz Whitmore, Waterfront Coordinator at the Port of Hood River, 1000 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River, Oregon no later than 5:00pm Thursday, September 3, 2015. Letters received after that time will not be considered or eligible to apply for a concession permit.


Recreational and economic development opportunities are abundant at the Port of Hood River’s waterfront public access sites. The Port developed these sites for the local community as well as for visitors, supporting tourism and its economic rewards to the community. The waterfront is used for many activities, including watersports, dog walking, and fishing. Please be aware of the safety signage and be courteous to all users.

Located off Exit 64, the Port’s Marina facilities offer moorage for over 150 vessels. The long waiting list underscores the popularity of this site for boaters. The Port is in the planning stages for adding another 16-24 slips and upgrading the electrical infrastructure in 2008. Other uses of the Marina include kayaking, small sailing craft, community education sailing classes, and Hood River Yacht Club activities. The dock on the north side is reserved for small cruiseship vessels that visit Hood River in the spring and fall seasons. The Marina has a short-term transient dock available for travelers. The rivermile reference is 169.0.

The Marina Beach offers plenty of grass and sand for families to enjoy the waterfront. The Hood River runs into the Columbia at this site and users should be aware of the strong currents in both rivers.

The Marina Green offers space for larger events and the Marina Park’s picnic shelter offers space for smaller family gatherings. All events should be coordinated through the Port Office.

Windsurfing and kiteboarding activities dominate the Event Site, the Spit/Sandbar, and the Hook areas located east of the Hood River and can be accessed from Exit 63. These sites offer public access for activities as well as instruction in the watersports. Need a lesson? Use only authorized kiteboard and windsurfing schools permitted by the Port to operate; they are required to use certified instructors and have all liability insurance in place. All instruction, rental, sales, and food concessions are permitted through the Port of Hood River. Potential vendors may apply by submitting an Application to the Port Office.

Waterfront Business Park also is located here. For more information about the park, please visit here. The Port is offering lease space at its new Halyard Building, and more information about that project may be found here.

The Port's Commercial Banner Policy may be found here.

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