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Stevenson is without a doubt the overall windiest spot in the Gorge as it receives both moderate westerlies and strong easterlies year round. Best sailing conditions generally develop in the early fall w/ the combination of strong east winds (30-40 mph) and warm river temps. Several launch sites are available near this sensor w/ Bob's Beach being the most popular. Bob's features grass rigging, a small parking area and covered changing facilities as well as an easy launch into the river. Remember that wind and current are moving the same direction on an easterly so it is necessary to point hard upwind on your initial reach. Parking is generally not an issue as a large number of overflow spots exist to the east. Two additional launch sites lie just to the east of Bob's and offer decent launching w/ less crowd.

There are four live webcams on the Stevenson waterfront:


One on Bob's Beach:

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 Season: East wind: Oct-March; West wind: May-Sept 
 Water: sm-med swells 
 Ability Level: intermediate/advanced 
 Familiness: restrooms, shelter, food, downtown 
 Parking: large parking area 
 Launch: rock steps, smooth gravel bottom 

From Portland, drive east on I-84 until taking exit # 44 into Cascade Locks. Follow the signs towards the Bridge of the Gods ($1 toll fee) and cross over into WA. Turn right off the bridge onto HWY 14 and drive approx 3 miles to the town of Stevenson. Take a right turn onto Russell and drive over the tracks down to the river. Bob's Beach lies to the right on Cascade Ave. w/ East Point launch area 1.5 miles to the left.

Excellent sensor position for both it’s west and east wind indication, gauge is located at the end of a pier jutting about 200 ft. into the river. Located about 250 ft. east of Bob's Beach and 1/2 mile west of the Boat Ramp. The site is somewhat shadowed on NE'erly winds but the overall effect on windspeeds is minimal. This location is generally regarded as the windiest spot in the Gorge as far as number of days better than 5.0 m's (both east and west wind) is concerned.

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