Updates on Gorge Land Status


Updated information during COVID-19


Action Teams

Car-Free Visitor Transportation

A dynamic team focused on creative ways to reduce congestion and parking pain throughout the Gorge.

Culinary + Agritourism

Focused on celebrating local food and the farms who grow it, the producers who transform it, and the restaurants who serve it.


Highlighting the history and unique stories that are only found here.

Outdoor Recreation

The Gorge is a recreation mecca. This team helps to develop and enhance these experiences while protecting the natural resources from their impact.


Working to help transform front-line staff into visitor welcoming superstars.

Communications & Marketing

Joining forces to direct the flow of visitors away from hot spots and towards the lesser known, yet to be discovered highlights and experiences.

Our Partners


Renee Tkach

Board Chair | Friends of the Gorge

Kristin Dahl

Vice Chair | Travel Oregon

Josiah Dean

Treasurer | Balch Hotel

Judy Bair

Columbia Gorge Visitors Magazine

Rene Carroll

City of Washougal

Lorrie DeKay

Gorge Commission

David Duncan

Gray Line Tours

Kathy Fitzpatrick

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District

Stan Hinatsu

US Forest Service

Buck Jones

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Lizzie Keenan

Mt. Hood - Gorge Regional Destination Management Organization

Terra Lingley

Oregon Department of Transportation

Ashley Huckaby May

Visit Hood River

Emily Reed

Network Director

Latest news

Save The Date: Winter Is Coming

Register now for a Network meeting focused on preparing for our first (and hopefully last) COVID winter. gorgewinteriscoming.eventbrite.com We will explore:  Lessons learned from the Southern Hemisphere (as they just […]

Let’s Talk Tourism (in the time of COVID)

Our workshop on Thursday covered the latest data on the effects of COVID on tourism, how visitors are feeling and example of ways that other destinations are addressing these changes. […]

June (Virtual COVID) Networking Meeting

In this meeting we started off with a warm up based on the research that shows the importance of sharing good news on our mental health and productivity.  Especially durning […]

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Our projects

Some facts about us

Millions Spent By Visitors In The Gorge
Local Tourism Jobs


“Collaboration is really important. Through that collaboration we’ve come up with some really great ideas. Having a unified voice is a benefit.”

-Stan Hinatsu, U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service

“My organization is starting to see the potential for our rural town and have taken key elements (like a 15 year vision) and are currently working on them to be developed.”

-Sofia Urrita-Lopez, Cascade Locks Tourism

Cascade Locks Tourism

“From my standpoint, being in this job 18 years, I’ve seen a lot of public planning processes on the local, state and federal levels and this is one of the better ones for the people who are participating to engage, interact, create and own, and then implement! Very effective.”

-Kevin Gorman, Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Friends of the Columbia Gorge

“The message that culture and history matter in the Columbia Gorge is important. What has been missing from our perspective is the story of the Columbia River – there is culture and heritage here, so let’s honor that legacy.”

– Colin Fogarty, Confluence