The Gorge Paddling Center

We started the Gorge Paddling Center to be able to share our love of river recreation with others. Our staff have dedicated countless hours of their lives pursuing their passions in watersports. Our team consists of the most experienced and safe guides, rentals staff, and instructors 

Todd Anderson - Owner, Instructor/Guide

A true Hood River local, Todd  graduated from Hood River Valley High School class of 03. He became immersed in the sport of whitewater kayaking while attending school at University of Oregon. After completing his bachelor's degree he began to travel to film and compete amongst the best in the sport. Placing at the top of podium in many international events. During the summers Todd would return to Hood River to share his passion with others teaching whitewater kayaking and leading flatwater tours. Over the years his business developed to the current Hood River waterfront location which has made renting kayaks and stand up paddleboards easy for anyone to access in a safe location. Todd most recently has become immersed in the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. Todd is a national team member for BIC Stand Up Paddleboards and loves to share his passion with new paddlers entering the sport

Lucy Swaffield - Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Let Lucy lead you on an awesome trip this summer.  Lucy grew up boating and paddling on the lakes and tidal rivers of South Carolina. She developed a love for being on the water at a young age and since has made recreation her life's work. She holds a degree from Clemson University in Parks Recreation Tourism Management. Since moving out West she has enjoyed exploring all the natural wonders that this area has to offer.  As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and with a background in adaptive sports, she believe that everyone can benefit from the power or recreation and play and loves introducing people to new sports and outdoor recreation opportunities.  

Nick Dancer- Rental Site Manager 
Nick first joined the Gorge Paddling Center family as a teenager when he was a student in Todd's whitewater kayaking lessons. He grew up in the organization and is excited to return for his fourth season as Rental Site Manager. Nick is an avid kayaker and enjoys weight lifting which makes running the Rental Site the perfect fit for Nick! Whether kayak or SUP board, Nick will insure you are geared up for a fun day on the water. 

     Equal opportunity recreation provider permitted by the USDA Forest Service.