- 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.