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Address: 100 East Port Marina Drive, Hood River, OR
Phone Number:
+1 541-386-9463
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Plan for paddle boarding in the right conditions.

We rented paddle boards from Hood River Water Play on 2 occasions, and it COULD be a good experience under the right conditions. Our first experience started out terribly when we... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 20, 2015
Michelle M
The Dalles, Oregon

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New York City, New York
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

The guy my husband spoke to laughably called them the best outfitter on the river. We have a 12 year old who windsurfed last summer and loved it. Unfortunately that wasn't his experience this time. We were told it would be a group of kids - he was the only kid; we were told there'd be no more than 4... More 

1 Thank scarletb
SeaTac, Washington
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Hood River WaterPlay is a wonderful demonstration of incompetence at its finest on the shores of the beautiful Hood River. Negatives: 1. We waited 45 minutes to get our kayaks/boards/jet skis after getting there, despite it not being particularly busy. 2. Asked if they had a 2 person kayak and guy said he had to check. Came back 15 min... More 

Thank Hannah A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2016

I disregarded the negative reviews I had read, and thought that they could not be right, and I was excited to arrive at Columbia River Gorge and go windsurfing. Very poor judgement on my part. This may be a suitable operation for beginner windsurfers with low expectations of the equipment, location and service.

Thank Alex474a
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154 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2015

we stayed in Hood Rover for a couple of days with our kids, and wanted to "feel" the water a little bit. The staff at Waterplay was very helpful and nice (especially Izabel) both on the phone and when we got there. They have a lovely private beach next door to the Best Western (where there is a very nice... More 

1 Thank עמי מ
The Dalles, Oregon
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44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2015

We rented paddle boards from Hood River Water Play on 2 occasions, and it COULD be a good experience under the right conditions. Our first experience started out terribly when we encountered a very disgruntled and rude employee. We were so upset we almost left, but I'm glad we didn't because the conditions were perfect and it ended up being... More 

1 Thank Michelle M
Paciific NW
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2015

What a great afternoon playing on the Columbia. I was prepared to be freezing while taking the wind surfing lesson but I was pleasantly surprised how the wet suit kept me warm! Our instructor Jamie was patient and attentive; I highly recommend the full 3 hour lesson as you need that time to practice I finally mastered the turn! Challenging... More 

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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

They were very nice, charged for 2hr rental (told us to keep it till closing (3hr) and helped us with the best place to use the equipment with our 4yr old son. Will definitely use again!

1 Thank Megan L
Hood River, or
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

I had called and made a reservation to use their paddle boards and the gal I dealt with was very polite and helped me with everything. She told us we were to be back by 4:45 just before they closed! We enjoyed our time on the river! But when we returned the boys working down by the river with the... More 

2 Thank best_2006
Salt Lake City, Utah
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

Went with the good reviews I saw here, plus the great service I received via phone when I called around to arrange for some lessons for my wife and I. I had arranged for private water start lessons for me and beginner lessons for my wife. Day 1. Arrived at 9:30 as instructed to find the place disorganized and understaffed.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

I rented a HobyCat sailboat here last week. (I'm a fairly experienced sailor, mostly with single-hulled boats; this was my first time with a HobyCat.) The experience was terrible over all, and I'm amazed they've stayed in business so long. Starting with the most serious problem: They have no motorboat for emergencies/rescues. The HobyCat was equipped with a mast buoy... More 

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