Columbia River Cross Channel Swim, Hood River Oregon

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Columbia River Cross Channel Swim

What began as a family tradition way back in 1942 when Roy Webster, accompanied by a few friends and family members took to swimming in the Columbia River in Oregon has today turned into a national event that draws teams and individual swimmers from across the nation. It is a passionate race to swim the channel. Read More

  • A Labor Day Ritual for many
  • Over 550 swimmers each year
  • A challenge to swim across the Columbia River from Washington to Oregon

Overview: The Columbia River Cross Channel Swim is organized and sponsored by the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce. Enthusiasts of the Columbia River Cross Channel opt for the Labor Day for the personal challenge of an early morning swim to cross the Columbia River.

When: Typically a Labor Day weekend event each year

Where: Columbia River outside Hood River

Fees: Entry fees vary. Free for the public to watch

Details: Participant swimmers are usually ferried to an area near the Washington shore, from where they leave in ten-people formations to swim around a mile to the Oregon shore, displaying a unique picture of determination and courage. However, in true sense of the word, the event is not a race where each swimmer takes his or her own time to reach the shore. Some even abandon the swim and are then picked up by attending rescue boats.

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